Funders of research have responsibilities to promote ethical research conduct throughout the lifetime of any research study. Our 2020 report Research in global health emergencies: ethical issues, made detailed recommendations to funders on how to achieve this, from finding innovative ways to involve communities in shaping research projects from the very beginning, to promoting equitable collaborations between researchers in different countries, to sharing research findings in timely, accessible ways with relevant stakeholders.
The new guidelines, funded by UKRI and developed in collaboration with UNICEF, draw on UKRI-funded research and our own project findings to help embed these ethical considerations into the grant review process. Parallel guidance has been developed to support both the funders and commissioners of research, and grant applicants, to reflect critically and systematically on every step of the research process.
21 Apr 2021
Just at the point where vaccine trials are showing promise, levels of infection circulating in the general population in the UK are relatively low. This is obviously good news from many perspectives – but makes the next stage of testing more difficult. Is one possible answer human challenge trials?
24 Jul 2020