Research Integrity

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Research Integrity

The Research Support Office maintains the NTU Research Hub website which provides useful guides and information on grant applications and NTU’s IRB and IP guidelines.  You can access various documents/forms for downloading. 

Research Grant Handbook

NTU Research Integrity Policy
The NTU Policy on Research Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research has been approved by the Presidents Coordinating Group and the Provosts and Deans Group.
 
The Research Integrity policy and procedures’ have been revised and harmonised (February 2014) to bring them in line with procedures under the faculty and staff disciplinary framework and the Whistleblowing Procedures.
All those undertaking research in NTU, at whatever level, whether undergraduate or postgraduate students, technical and research staff or faculty should make themselves fully aware of the policy as enunciated below together and with the procedures which will take place when an allegation of misconduct is received.
In particular, attention is drawn to the need to subscribe to the values set out in this policy, including the principles and responsibilities of a researcher in the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity, to abide by all the norms of good research practice and ethical behaviour and with the commitment to conduct research with care, rigour, honesty and respect for all and everything involved, which are the marks of good scholarship. It also includes abiding by all other relevant policies including the NTU Honour Code for students, the policies set out for the use of animals in research through the Guidelines on the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes as set out by the National Advisory Committee for Laboratory Animal Research and the NTU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee – IACUC (see Application Procedure for Animal Research Facility), research involving human participants/subjects – Institutional Review Board, use of controlled drugs, biosafety, Health and Safety, Computer Misuse, Privacy and Conflict of Interest policies.
This also covers the obligations to maintain full and accurate records of research and their storage in NTU, both in hard copy and as electronic records; to ensure that all those concerned or quoted are given appropriate credit and recognition; to respect all matters relating to privacy; and to comply fully with all relevant laws and codes of ethical behaviour appertaining to research.
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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

NTU IRB is established to meet the international standards and expectation in order to protect human subjects involved in research projects as well as to support the researchers and protect the standing of the institution. NTU-IRB will conduct ethical review on all research proposals involving human research participants or human biological materials. The setting up of NTU-IRB is not to hinder research but to promote ethical research. Usually funding agencies will only release funds to PIs for research when the research proposal is given the clearance on ethics issues, by IRB.  Also many scientific journals will only publish research manuscripts if the research proposal has been reviewed and approved by IRB.

There are 3 types of reviews;

NTU IRB is established to meet the international standards and expectation in order to protect human subjects involved in research projects as well as to support the researchers and protect the standing of the institution. NTU-IRB will conduct ethical review on all research proposals involving human research participants or human biological materials. The setting up of NTU-IRB is not to hinder research but to promote ethical research. Usually funding agencies will only release funds to PIs for research when the research proposal is given the clearance on ethics issues, by IRB.  Also many scientific journals will only publish research manuscripts if the research proposal has been reviewed and approved by IRB.There are 3 types of reviews;
  • Exempted from full IRB review
  • Expedited review
  • Full review
Faculty applying for IRB approval should take note of the Board's given policy and time line.

Guide for staff applying for ethics review by the NTU-Institutional Review Board
  1. Introduction
    • All research conducted by NTU staff involving the use of human subjects, tissues, or personal data must be reviewed and approved by the NTU-Institutional Review Board (IRB)
    • Retrospective review for ethics approval is not possible and is not encouraged.
  2. Applications
    • Data collections may only commence after NTU-IRB approval is obtained. The closing date for all applications will be the first day of each month, or the next working day if the first falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a public holiday. Applications will be reviewed within 3 weeks of the closing date
  3. Internal (HSS) guidelines on applications
    • For applications received between the 1st to 15th of the current month, the IRB application would be processed and should be able to be sent to the NTU-IRB for review before the 1st deadline of the following month set by the IRB.
    • For applications received between the 16th to the end of the current month, although we would try to expedite processing the application- it will depend on the revisions needed, and the PI being able to provide necessary supporting application materials and revised application on time.  Therefore the IRB application may or may not reach the NTU-IRB by the 1st deadline of the following month.   Therefore all PIs are urged to submit your IRB application as soon as possible to catch the IRB 1st deadline for accepting reviews.    

For source document please refer to IRB guide​

Access through NTU IRB website for updated forms and guidelines.



SSS Epigeum Research Integrity Course

NTU is committed to the highest standard of research integrity and ethical behaviour in all of the University's research endeavours. 

To help ensure our research community adhere to the basic principles of ethics when conducting research, the University had launched a compulsory online course - ‘the Epigeum Research Integrity Programme’ via the online NTULearn​ learning portal. The aim of this course is to enable faculty members, research personnel, and students to be well versed in the key elements of research integrity.  All staff and students are required to take and complete the Epigeum course.
NTU is committed to the highest standard of research integrity and ethical behaviour in all of the University's research endeavours. online
 
Click here​ for more details. 
 
Research Partnership Guidelines & IP Policies
The Nanyang Technological University-NTUitive Pte Ltd (NTUitive in short, previously Nanyang Innovation and Enterprise Office (NIEO),), was established to foster innovation and entrepreneurship and to facilitate the transfer of leading-edge technologies developed in the University to industry. NTUitive evaluates, protects and commercialises the University's technologies through either licensing or the formation of spin-off companies. 

For more informationon on research collaboration and drafting of MOUs and research agreements, please visit NTUitive site. For information regarding IP Policies, please visit LSO site.​​​​​