INTEGRITY takes an innovative approach to empower students in responsible research and stimulate a critical awareness regarding integrity issues in research practice. This is vital and innovative because today’s students will encounter ethical dilemmas that current practice cannot yet see, so they must learn to reflect and account for their actions in order to be able to anticipate what research integrity will entail in the future. It is our deepest conviction that education in research integrity needs to be done in a scaffolded manner: capacity building will start at high school level, it will be furthered during the undergraduate phase and advanced during the early research career phase. Our programme will therefore focus on three target groups: high school students, undergraduate students (BA) and early career researchers (RMA, and PhD). The project will also explicitly cover the full range of scholarly disciplines, including computer sciences, technical studies, social sciences and humanities.

Taking Transparency, Honesty and Responsibility as core values, we will develop a teaching philosophy that utilizes the concept of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and will set an international standard that is evidence-based and tailored to the needs of students in various study phases and disciplines. The standard is a benchmark in this project to develop and test innovative tools via an interactive curriculum with new, compelling and effective tools which will be co-created with students and teaching staff.

INTEGRITY will take an evidence-based approach, both in taking current blind spots and needs of students in 10 countries in Europe as a starting point to design new educational tools for formal and informal education, as well as in testing innovative curricula within teaching programs. Also the project will make use of behavioral insights, like nudging techniques, to experiment how research excellence can be stimulated in educational settings.

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.