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Ethics and Europe


Research ethics, broadly defined,  is a prominent feature of the Horizon 2020 programme.  When preparing a research funding proposal, researchers are required by the European Commission to conduct an Ethics Self-assessment, starting with the completion of an Ethics Issues Table

Further information about this process (and the subsequent stages of Ethical Screening and Ethical Review undertaken by the Commission as part of the assessment of the application) is available from the Ethics section of the Horizon 2020 Manual.

University ethical review contacts

Research at the University of Oxford which involves human participants (including clinical trials), personal data or animals will also require ethical review by the University (or the NHS research ethics service) before the project can start.

Researchers who would like support with the drafting of their Self-assessment or other ethics statements as part of their proposal are welcome to contact the University’s Research Ethics and Integrity Team in the first instance. Please try to contact the team at least 10 days in advance of your submission deadline.

The team may also be able to assist with addressing the subsequent requirements identified in the EC’s Ethics Screening Reports.


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