Research Ethics

Lauren Riters, professor of zoology, talks with graduate students during a lab review in Birge Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 17, 2016. Riters is one of twelve 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award recipients. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Conducting and reporting research ethically is fundamental to academic research. Researcher behavior must inspire trust with the public and within the scientific community and among colleagues. The University of Wisconsin–Madison strives to foster the highest scholarly and ethical standards among its students, faculty, and staff. The University has policies for reporting and dealing with research misconduct and several ways for you to learn more about research ethics.

Several federal requirements ensure those conducting research are trained in responsible conduct of research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) require research ethics training.