About us

The Agencies are committed to fostering and supporting an environment that promotes the responsible conduct of research. PRCR achieves this by enhancing public trust in research activities conducted under the auspices of Canadian institutions and organizations receiving funding from the Agencies.

Consistent with the RCR Framework, PRCR:

PRCR is supported by the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (SRCR).

Panel Members

The Advisory Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research (PRCR) is composed of members drawn from across the country to represent a wide spectrum of expertise and experience in ethics, responsible conduct of research, research administration, research in the health, natural and social sciences, humanities and engineering, law, as well as the lay community. 

The members of the Panel are:

  • Penny Moody-Corbett (Chair)

    Division of Medical Sciences
    Northern Ontario School of Medicine University

  • Thomas Ellis
    Department of Chemistry
    University of Saskatchewan
  • G. Cynthia Fekken
    Professor and Associate Department Head
    Department of Psychology
    Queen’s University
  • Abraham Fuks
    Departments of Medicine, Pathology and Oncology
    McGill University
  • Linc Kesler
    Associate Professor
    Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies
    University of British Columbia
  • Vincent Larivière
    Faculty of Arts and Science,
    School of Library and Information Science
    Université de Montréal
  • Rehan Sadiq
    Professor Civil Engineering
    Executive Associate Dean
    School of Engineering
    University of British Columbia
    Okanagan Campus
  • Ex-officio Member: Karen Wallace
    Acting Executive Director
    Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research

Terms of Reference


The Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research (PRCR), suppor d by the Secretariat, functions as an interdisciplinary review and advisory body. It provides the three federal research granting agencies (the Agencies) with a coherent and uniform approach to promoting the responsible conduct of research and addressing allegations of breaches of Tri-Agency policies, consistent with the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (the Framework).

PRCR is mandated to:


Members of PRCR will be appointed jointly by Agency Presidents. PRCR will include the Executive Director of the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research as an ex officio member.

In addition to geographical and gender representation, PRCR membership provides:

All members of PRCR are volunteers. Members do not receive honoraria in compensation for their contribution of expertise and time, though the Secretariat will cover associated travel and accommodation expenses.


Members of PRCR and its Chair are appointed by the Presidents of the three Agencies for a three-year term, renewable once. The appointments will be staggered to provide flexibility and continuity.


PRCR convenes bi-monthly, normally via teleconference. It may convene more frequently if required.

The Executive Director and staff of the Secretariat participate in PRCR meetings to provide members with the necessary background, information and advice on Tri-Agency policies relevant to the meeting discussions.


A majority of its members (50% plus 1), which must include the Chair or his/her designate.

Reporting Structure

PRCR reports to the Presidents of the three Agencies on policy matters related to the Framework. The PRCR Chair reports annually on PRCR's activities to each of the Agencies' Councils.

In cases of confirmed breaches, PRCR (through the Secretariat) reports its recommended recourse to the President of the Agency whose funds are involved. The President is the final decision making authority.


Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (2016)

Organizational Structure

Organizational Structure
Organizational Structure - long description

The Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research supports the Advisory Panel on Research Ethics and the Advisory Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research on policy matters; and reports to the Interagency Management Committee (IMC) on interagency administrative and operational matters.

The IMC reports to a Steering Committee, composed of the Agencies' Presidents, on operational and strategic issues, as appropriate and required.

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