Current approaches to teaching research ethics and integrity are insufficient to deal with the complex and changing world of research and its impacts. It is in this context that the Integrity project emerges, which seeks to empowering students through evidence-based, scaffolded learning of Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR). To achieve this, it was established a consortium of 11 European partners led by the University of Utrecht.

Integrity’s approach not only combines high quality training in research integrity with innovative modes of engagement but will also bring ethics alive, equipping the next generation of researchers with the capabilities to conduct research in a responsible manner and to address new and unforeseen research challenges.

The project will develop an evidence-based analysis of student needs, blind-spots, and expectations regarding research integrity across 9 European countries. It will also map, categorize and analyse current teachings in research integrity to better detect and mitigate blind spots in teaching, and to help build tailor-made curricula for students in the whole range of research areas and in three levels of studies.

The focus will also be on develop a teaching philosophy on RCR that takes capacity building of students as its main aim, using three core values (Transparency, Honesty and Responsibility) and incorporating the ‘QRP’ approach and FFP topics.

The Integrity project joins 11 European partners from 9 countries. The funding period for the project started at the beginning of 2019. The total funding for the 3-year project is worth 2.4 million euros.