The UK has a world-class reputation for conducting exceptional and innovative research and for producing researchers of the highest calibre. It is vital to promote integrity in our research to:
- retain the public’s trust;
- enhance this country’s international reputation;
- secure the best return on public funds; and
- ensure the safety and wellbeing of research participants and patients.
The quality of research is increasingly under scrutiny, through mechanisms such as the Research Excellence Framework and in the academic and mainstream media.
The need for independent support in handling misconduct in research and promoting good conduct has been the subject of considerable discussion over many years. The UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) was set up to support good research practice and assist with the prevention and investigation of questionable practices and misconduct. Since 2006, UKRIO has provided independent and expert support on a wide range of issues across all disciplines of research. We help all involved in research: members of the public, individual researchers and research organisations including universities, NHS bodies, private sector organisations and charities. No other organisation in the UK has comparable expertise in providing such support in the field of research integrity.