NHMRC takes all matters concerning research integrity very seriously. All research we fund is required to comply with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code).

The NHMRC Policy on misconduct related to NHMRC funding (the Misconduct Policy) specifies when NHMRC Administering Institutions must notify NHMRC about research integrity matters. It also describes the actions NHMRC may take in response to such matters. The current Misconduct Policy came into effect on 1 February 2017.

The policy is being revised to align with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018.

The policy should be read in conjunction with the current NHMRC Funding Agreement and grant guidelines. Three fact sheets support the policy and can be downloaded below. Other resources include:  

Together with the Australian Research Council we also provide a mechanism for reviewing research integrity investigations - the Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC)

Reporting concerns 

NHMRC does not investigate allegations of research misconduct or potential breaches of the Code. This is the responsibility of the relevant research institution, as stated in the Code. 

The fact sheets below provide advice on how to raise concerns about research integrity.

  • What should I do if I suspect a researcher may be doing the wrong thing? - See downloads 
  • Concerns arising during peer review about possible research misconduct - See downloads 

For further advice, please contact integrity@nhmrc.gov.au.