Researchers must ensure that they comply with relevant laws, regulations, disciplinary standards and institutional policies and ensure that appropriate approvals are obtained and adhered to during the course of the research.
At ECU you should consider the following institutional requirements for your research:
Before developing a grant application, the lead ECU Chief Investigator should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) on the ECU Research Management System (RMS) for approval by the School Associate Dean Research. Research Administration Officers (RAOs) within Research Services are responsible for monitoring your grant application from the EOI stage up until review and submission. They carry out eligibility checks and compliance with the funding rules. RAOs will also proofread your application, coordinate a budget review and obtain approval by the relevant School Finance Coordinator.
Further information and support with the funding application process.
Researchers also have a responsibility to ensure that the ethics principles of merit and integrity, justice, beneficence and respect are applied to human research and that the 3Rs (replacement, reduction, refinement) are considered at all stages of animal research.
Your project should be tested in ECU’s Research Ethics Management System (REMS) to determine if human or animal ethics approvals are required. Even if you know your project does not require review, you are still required to test this in REMS so you have the institution’s formal approval that ethics review is not required.
For more information see the research ethics webpage.
Researchers have a responsibility to retain clear, accurate, secure and complete records of all research, including research data and primary materials and where possible allowing access and reference to these by interested parties. The management of data needs to be considered, planned, reviewed and updated, when necessary.
A Data Management Plan (DMP) is a requirement for all research and ECU have recently developed an online DMP to ensure that these plans are living documents that can be added to and refined as you move through your project.
Risk Assessment and Management
Before starting a project, researchers must identify the hazards and risks associated with their work and plan for management and mitigation of those risks. ECU’s integrated risk management framework provides a consistent approach to identifying and managing risk to enhance the University’s ability to prevent harm to personnel, effectively manage opportunities and adverse effects that may be involved in the process of its work.
To ensure good governance and the ability to monitor and review risks, ECU has adopted an online solution, RiskWare which enables staff and students to record, assess, monitor, review and report on risks. Your research plan should be added to RiskWare to ensure all risks are identified, mitigated and
Research involving radiation, biosafety and hazardous substances
Before commencing research, researchers must conduct a health and safety hazard risk assessment in ECU’s online risk management system – Riskware. If any radiation, biosafety or hazardous substance (RBHS) hazards are identified in this risk assessment and they meet the criteria for approval from ECUs Radiation, Biosafety and Hazardous Substances Committee (RBHSC), then before the research commences, they will need to follow ECU's RBHS application and approval process set out on the RBHSC webpage.