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.
- If you are conducting any research involving human participants or personal data, please refer to the Central University Research Ethics Committee (CUREC) website and the How to apply for ethical review section for advice on how to proceed.
- For Clinical Research, please refer to the Clinical Trials and Research Governance (CTRG) guidance page on where to submit for ethics approval.
- For research involving animals, further information is available from Biomedical Services.
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.