Ethics and Integrity Development Grants promoting a strong research culture

October 15 / 169

Participants in the Beyond Compliance showcase.
Participants in the Beyond Compliance showcase.

New thinking in research ethics and integrity was on display recently at the second Beyond Compliance: Ethics and Integrity Research Showcase, hosted by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Doherty Institute.

Supported by the Sir William Brunton Memorial Fund, a total of $50,000 was made available and distributed across six projects in the 2014 Ethics and Integrity Development Grants. 

Projects were selected for their capacity to improve research and integrity here at the University, and chosen by members of the Research Ethics and Integrity Strategy Committee.

Director of the University’s Office for Research Ethics and Integrity Paul Taylor said it was a chance for the organisation to demonstrate its commitment to responsible research.

“The aim of Beyond Compliance is to help show that research ethics and integrity aren't 'hurdle requirements', but a core part of doing quality research,” Dr Taylor said.

Projects undertaken by recipients including developing innovative methods for reducing the number of animals used in research and promoting their welfare, new ways of thinking about research participants as co-researchers, the use of digital technologies, and ethical issues arising in creative arts research.

“The EIDG funding for our 'Aboriginal Young People in Victoria and Digital Storytelling' project allowed us to employ an Aboriginal filmmaker and an artist to work with young participants and help them explore issues of identity and culture,” says researcher Fran Edmonds from the School of Culture and Communications.

“The EIDG funding provided opportunities for young people to develop innovative visual self-representations and contributed to greater understandings for working through ethical issues that can arise when using digital-visual methods with Aboriginal young people.”

Veterinary Sciences’ Stewart Ryan was awarded a grant to develop several new surgical simulation models that better prepare DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) students for real life surgery.

“The feedback from students was very positive,” Dr Ryan says.

The 2015 funding round for the Ethics and Integrity Development Grants scheme is now open and will close on Friday 4 December 2015.

More information about the 2015 scheme is available at: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/2u5n

Story by Kim Gilliland.

 

 

 

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