Report on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Files
April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018
Status of RCR files for FY 2017-18
The Secretariat addressed 94 RCR files between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. At the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year, 51 files remained active.
Number of RCR files opened by Agency
Of the 35 files opened during the reporting period, 11 (31%) related to CIHR-funded research, 14 (40%) related to NSERC-funded research, and 10 (29%) related to SSHRC-funded research.
Outcome of RCR files closed
Of the 43 files closed during the reporting period, 25 (58%) involved at least one breach of the RCR Framework. 18 (42%) did not involve a breach.
Breakdown by Agency of RCR files involving a breach
Of the 25 files involving a breach, 8 (32%) related to CIHR-funded research, 13 (52%) related to NSERC-funded research, and 4 (16%) related to SSHRC-funded research.
RCR files involving a breach by province
*Provinces with four or fewer RCR files involving a breach are included in this category to maintain the confidentiality of the parties involved.
Categories of confirmed breaches
Of the 25 closed files in which a breach was confirmed, 32 breaches were substantiated. Some files involved more than one breach.
Types of recourse imposed by the Agencies
Of the 25 closed files in which a breach was confirmed, 38 recourses were imposed. There may be more than one recourse per breach.
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