How to make an ethics self-assessment in research projects - Aalto support and guidelines

Here we provide support, links and tips on how to work your way through the EU Grants research ethics self-assessment for research projects. The processes and advice apply to all research and are relevant for other funding instruments as well.
Research ethics and conducting an ethical self-evaluation are important in all research projects

It is important to reflect upon ethical issues when planning a research project and designing its research protocol. Taking the time to consider all the potential risks for research participants and study subjects, researchers and society upfront will save you from worries later on.It will also improve the quality of your research plan, not to mention facilitate its implementation. Major funders and scientific journals increasingly expect researchers to conduct research according to accepted ethical guidelines. Following proper ethical processes matters!

Here we shall examine research ethics from the perspective of an ethical self-evaluation. We are mainly focusing on the issues and requirements raised in connection to EU grants, and in this presentation we follow the How to complete your ethics self-assessment.

As part of the funding application Aalto and you as a researcher commit to compliance with ethical principles and relevant legislations. In "Declarations" Aalto and you as a researcher declare to follow the research integrity, namely ALLEA code. Please look up also the Finnish guidelines. 

In addition, it is important to note that for example in EU grant applications in the declarations part there is a commitment for exclusive focus on civil application. In case dual use items (potential use in e.g. terrorism or weapons of mass destruction) or technology, which can be used to undermine democracy or human rights or other items subject to regulations are involved, you need to apply the proper procedures and apply for permits. See more: Forthcoming

Next, we will take a look at specific topics in the EU grants ethics self-assessment giving you advice and links for further reading.

Topics in ethics self-assessment

The self-assessment topics here below are categorized into the specific fields that require different processes.

Most of the ethics issues above are addressed in the ethics self-evaluation table of the form. However some are addressed in the Security table; namely questions on EU classified information, Misuse and other security issues. 

EU grants  Ethical Research Evaluation



Annukka Jyrämä

Annukka Jyrämä

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