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Module 3: Conducting Research Responsibly – Protecting Yourself, Your Research, and Your University

3.7 Ethical funding

Ethical funding requires that sometimes a researcher must weigh the benefits of rewards against conflicting goals and arrive at a decision independent of personal interest. Public-funded research has the expectation of a contribution to society, and privately sponsored and funded research can have the added expectations of sponsor or industry goals. As a researcher you should be aware of the circumstances of funding sufficient to make an informed decision. You should be aware of any funding sources which are judged by society and your university to be inappropriate. Additionally you should be aware of the requirement for complete disbursal of the funds for the work you have been contracted to perform.

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