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Research Ethics

The RIA requires the research it funds to be conducted in an ethical manner. Please see the RIA Code of Conduct for Research Integrity for all details.
Grant applicants must indicate whether their proposed research raises any special ethical issues, and, where appropriate, must confirm that secured approval has been secured for the proposed research from the respective institution’s Research Ethics Committee (or its equivalent).

Independent researchers without access to formal ethical scrutiny and approval must briefly describe any potential ethical issues as defined in publications by authoritative bodies, one such being the manual on Ethics Self-assessment provided by the EU Commission.
The applicant must explain how any such issues will be addressed. The independent researcher’s ethics self assessment and proposed plan for managing ethics issues may be reviewed by an Ethics panel convened by the RIO, to include the RIO, the Vice-President for Research, one to two experts in the principal research field(s), and, where applicable, the RIA leader of the collaborative research project in which the independent researcher proposes to engage.
All researchers should be aware of the legal requirements that regulate their work.

Reporting Guidelines – Online Grants Report Form

Following the conclusion of your research visit, applicants are required to complete the online Grants Report Form by the date outlined in the letter of offer, together with a detailed statement of income and expenditure.

The reporting requirements include: a background to the proposal, all travel details, institutions visited, details of the central objectives, the research activities and outcomes, plans for and/or details of the dissemination of research achievements resulting from the trip, disclosure of financial details and a request for general feedback of the scheme.

Financial Details

At the same time as submitting the Grants Report Form a statement of income and expenditure must be submitted together with a scanned copy of all vouched receipts. It is important to retain all original receipts as Grantees may be requested to supply of receipts for auditing purposes.
The deadline for completed reports will be outlined in the letter of offer. Non-compliance with this reporting deadline will impact an applicant’s ability to access future funding from the RIA.