Introducing the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (2021)

December 17, 2021

The three federal research funding Agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (the Agencies) – are pleased to announce the release of the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (2021). This latest version replaces the RCR Framework (2016) as the Agencies’ official policy on responsible conduct of research.

The Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research is mandated by the Agencies to review the Framework every five years. These revisions reflect feedback received by the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research over the last five years from the research community and a public consultation conducted between April and July 2021. As noted during the public consultation, the Panel and the Secretariat are committed to developing guidance on the responsible conduct of research involving the Indigenous communities. A discussion with the Indigenous communities on this initiative will start in 2022.

Highlights of the revisions made to the RCR Framework include:

The Secretariat no longer provides print copies of the RCR Framework out of concern for the environment. The official version of the RCR Framework is the online version.

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