The policy establishes the scope of QNRF's interest in the accuracy and reliability of the research record and the processes involved in its development. It consists of a definition of research misconduct and basic guidelines for the response of QNRF to research misconduct.
This policy applies to all QNRF-funded research, and proposals submitted to QNRF for research funding.
Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.
This policy addresses fabrication, falsification and plagiarism. It does not supersede institutional policies or procedures for addressing other forms of misconduct, such as the unethical treatment of human research subjects or mistreatment of laboratory animals used in research.
This policy does not limit the authority of research institutions to promulgate additional research misconduct policies or guidelines or more specific ethical guidance.
In addition, should the behavior associated with research misconduct also trigger the applicability of other laws this policy is not intended to limit the government, other agencies or research institutions from pursuing these matters under separate authorities.
The provisions of this Policy shall be effective from the date of publication.