EU project ENERI

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European Network of Research Ethics and Research Integrity (ENERI) - Results of the project

European Network of Research Ethics and Research Integrity (ENERI)


The core objective of this EU project is the facilitation of an intensive exchange of information between experts in research ethics and research integrity as well as a harmonization of processes in ethics reviews and investigations of alleged research misconduct. Essential project partners are ENRIO (European Network of Research Integrity Offices) and EUREC (European Network of Research Ethics Committees). The Austrian Agency for Research Integrity (OeAWI) is a member of the ENRIO network and acts as project partner on behalf of ENRIO.


The project duration is from September 2016 to August 2019.


ENRIO Handbook: Recommendations for the Investigation of Research Misconduct


The recently published ENRIO Handbook “Recommendations for the Investigation of Research Misconduct” was created within the EU project ENERI. This Handbook is the direct result of discussions and suggestions from members of a working group established by member organizations of the ENRIO network.


The Handbook consists of detailed practical recommendations on how to deal with research misconduct and other unacceptable practices and it is based on experiences and lessons learned by member organizations within ENRIO, allowing for local or national differences in its implementation. A soft harmonization of the processes is aimed at in the long term. This could ease the way for dealing with cases involving researchers in different countries and/or institutions.


ENRIO Handbook: Recommendations for the Investigation of Research Misconduct


Country reports
Managing research misconduct – how it is done in Europe


The country reports include information on initiatives taken in order to have a national structure on research integrity and on established national structures on research integrity. Together, they give an overview of the diverse national structures on research integrity (in process) in Europe, with its similarities and differences.


Link to the country reports


Joint meeting ENRIO/EUREC, March 26, 2019, Prague


During a European Network of Research Ethics and Research Integrity (ENERI) stakeholder workshop in 2017 the participating stakeholders coming from academia, scientific journals, policy makers, funding organizations claimed that a more developed exchange between Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and Research Integrity Offices (RIOs) in the European Research Area is desirable. A collaborative approach initiated by ENERI with input from European members of RECs and RIOs shall be continued.


Against this background the European representatives of RECs (EUREC) and RIOs (ENRIO) as part of ENERI met in Prague (March 26, 2019) to form a REC/RIO policy group. The group decided to improve the exchange of perspectives and experiences and to enhance their cooperation. An important step was the European representation RECs and RIOs at a joint stand during the WCRI in Hongkong, June 2019.


World Conference on Research Integrity, June 02-05, 2019, Hong Kong


The ENERI project was represented by Torkild Vinther (Chair of the WG Investigation), Grace van Arkel and Birgit Buschbom at the World Conference on Research Integrity with the following activities:


Torkild Vinther
ENRIO (European Network of Research Integrity Offices): Recommendations on how to Investigate Research Misconduct – A Handbook (Oral presentation)

Grace van Arkel
Managing research misconduct: national institutional frameworks for research integrity in 23 countries in Europe with a comparison of the Austrian and Luxembourg framework (Poster presentation)

Birgit Buschbom
The European Network of Research Ethics and Research Integrity (ENERI) (Poster presentation)



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