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Ethics and scientific integrity

As a public body whose primary role is to provide funding for project-based research in France, the French National Research Agency (ANR) promotes a research culture based on integrity and undertakes to ensure that its activities respect ethical principles. To guarantee equal treatment between applicants and prevent conflicts of interest, the agency drafted an ethical charter in 2009, revised in 2018, and an ethics and research integrity policy in 2014 based on the principal international declarations1.

The ANR’s charter of ethics and scientific integrity expresses the general meaning, principles and rules of action and behaviour that internal and external employees of the ANR and members of the ANR Governing Board undertake to respect in the activities that they carry out on behalf of the agency. If any of these rules are breached, the ANR has a duty to take appropriate action.

At the same time, training in ethical principles and in preventing and managing conflicts of interest is offered in order to support staff and ensure that the rules are respected, an essential condition for maintaining the bond of trust between society and research communities.

Download the Ethics and Scientific Integrity Charter of the ANR

In 2018, the ANR also signed the national charter for research integrity ratified by several French research organisations, which describes in detail the criteria for an honest and rigorous scientific approach.

Consult the French National Charter for Research Integrity




1 In particular, the charter follows the principles set out in the Singapore Statement (July 2010) and the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity published by the ESF in 2010. It also respects the Statement of Principles adopted by the Global Research Council in May 2012.