Research Governance

Research Integrity at Baker IDI

All Baker IDI researchers are required to foster and maintain a research environment of intellectual honesty and integrity, and scholarly and scientific rigour. They are required to adhere to all relevant codes of practice that apply to their work as well as the Institute’s values.

Baker IDI supports the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2007 and expects its staff to be aware of and comply with the requirements of the Code. The Code promotes integrity in research and explains what is expected of researchers by the community. Compliance with the Code is a prerequisite for receipt of NHMRC and ARC funding.

In support of the Code and in promotion of best practice research, Baker IDI has also developed Baker IDI Research Conduct Policies. All staff and students are expected to be familiar with the Code and the Institute’s policies.

Our policies are designed to support a culture that demonstrates:

  • honesty and integrity
  • respect for human research participants, animals and the environment
  • good stewardship of public resources used to conduct research
  • appropriate acknowledgement of the role of others in research
  • responsible communication of results.

In support of these principles, we are continually reviewing and improving our processes to ensure the highest standards of research conduct. In 2015, we engaged an external review of our processes. In response to the findings of that review, we have implemented a range of initiatives designed to support research integrity. These initiatives include rigorous oversight of data collection, validation and storage, more frequent auditing of clinical trials and broader supervision of research projects. Our additional governance processes form a 10 point plan designed to ensure the highest standards of research conduct already exercised by Baker IDI researchers are universally maintained, and that Baker IDI remains a leader in clinical research relating to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Researcher Responsibilities

It is a condition of employment at Baker IDI that all staff must comply with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research which is auspiced by The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), in partnership with the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia.

Depending on the nature of our researcher’s work, they may also be bound by the following codes and policies:

Human Ethics

Animal Ethics

Clinical research Governance

Gene Technology

OHS

Open Access

Breaches of the Code, research misconduct, and the framework for resolving allegations

Baker IDI takes allegations of research misconduct seriously and has formal procedures in place for receiving and managing such allegations in accordance with the Code.

Research Strategy and Operations

The Research Strategy and Operations office provides oversight of all aspects of the Institute’s research administration including animal ethics and research governance activities; research policy; research integrity and research strategy.

The office is also responsible for supervising administration of external, competitive research grants and identifying external, competitive research funding opportunities. In keeping with these responsibilities, the office provides advice and support for applicants to funding schemes by reviewing applications for compliance with funding rules.

Importantly, the office is responsible for managing the Institute’s compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, including development and implementation of appropriate policies and systems to promote compliance.

The Baker IDI Research Office website includes information on funding opportunities, grant administration, monitoring and promoting ethical research practice, research performance reporting and the weekly AMREP seminars listing. Frequent updates from the NHMRC and other funding bodies are available.

Link to Research Office website