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    NICOLE FOEGER: Hi, my name is Nicole Foeger.I'm the Managing Director of the Austrian Agencyfor Research Integrity.I'm in the field of research integrity for quite a while,more than 10 years now.I was also chair of the European Network of Research Integrityoffices in the past, it was 6.5 years.

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: And today, I'm also a member of the World Conferenceson Research Integrity Foundation.For me, research integrity is a great topic.It's absolutely exciting.There are always new challenges, like, for example,big data a few years ago, and todayfor example, the pandemic of the coronavirus.

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: Personally, I'm mostly interested in preventionand training.And I like this project, the SOPs4RI,mostly because in the past, we were alwaystalking about single researchers,but now we are going for the institutions.So we can tackle systemic issues.

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: And it's good to see that the institutions can be proactive,and to see that there is no breachesof good scientific practices.So the topic of today is the pilotingof research performing institutions and researchfunding institutions, with the tools we develop

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: within the SOPs4RI Project.And so we take this metaphor of pilots and co-pilotsin our journey together.And you will see that we name our research fundingorganizations and research performingorganizations, the ones we are working with,

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: the pilot institutions.So actually these are from the funding side private ones,as well as public ones.For example, we have la Caixa Foundation.We have Novo Nordisk Foundation.We have the Austrian Science Fund, and the Research Councilof Norway.From the research performing organizations,

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: we have, for example, Ghent University,Jagiellonian University, the University Pompeu Fabra.We also have the private company,Janssen Pharmaceutical, we have the Barcelona BiomedicalResearch Park, and the University of Split.So you hear different countries.We try to have a geographic spread,

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: and also to have these public and private institutionsfunders, as well as universities,to have a very broad range of institutionswhere we can learn a lot from them.And hopefully they can also learn from us.So talking about pilots, we also have co-pilots.

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: And the co-pilots are actually within our organization,the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity.We have a great partner well-known in managementand administration.It's the European Association of Research Managersand Administrators.And we have the London School of Economics.

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: So the co-pilots are actually very closely workingwith the pilots.Then we thought, of course, when wehave pilots and co-pilots in the cockpit,we also need, of course, a flight crew.And the flight crew are actually our expertswithin the topics, which are most

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: important in the whole process, and alsofor cost-benefit analysis.I think there will be a separate videoabout cost-benefit analysis.And, of course, then before you enter the plane,there is a ground crew.And this is more or less our project partnerswe have within the consortium because they prepared

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: everything in advance, so that we can really havea safe flight and safe journey.The navigation plan we have in front of usactually started already with the welcome of our pilotinstitutions.So we had a kick-off meeting in April,and this was to inform each other who are we, who are they.

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: Of course, what is a research integrity promotion plan.What is SOP, a standard operating procedure, and so on.It's very important for them to know which research integritytopics have to be covered.I'll just name a few, it's research collaboration, it's

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: research integrity training, mentoring.It's publications, for example.It's conflicts of interest and howto deal with breaches of good scientific practice and others.For the institutions, for our pilot institutions,it's very important to see also where are the challenges,but even more important where are the opportunities.

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: And the final product should be within one year,to develop a research integrity promotionplan for the institutions.The research integrity promotion planis, for us, a great tool to foster and implementa culture of research integrity at their institutions.So it gives them an overview of what is already there,

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: what is missing, and what might be improved.So we see it as the kind of status quowith plans for future.Personally, within our work package,we see it as an inspiration to start movement.And we want to make our pilot institutionsthe leaders in this endeavor, because they

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: will be the first ones to have a research integrity promotionplan.So our pilots are actually the front-runners,they're also the role models.They are the first ones to be involvedin the implementation of a research integrity promotionplan.And these other organizations are taking a serious commitment

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    NICOLE FOEGER [continued]: to research integrity.

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    TEODORA KONACH: Hello from my side.My name is Teodora Konach.My background is in legal and cultural studies,and those are also the two aspects of research integritythat I find the most interesting, fascinating to me.In 2019, I joined the team of the Austrian Agency

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: for Research Integrity.And thanks to Nicole, I can be now a memberof the SOPs4RI consortium.As Nicole already presented a very inspirational introductionto our work, I would like also to continue with the pilots,co-pilots, and flight metaphor.And to give you a bit more detailed outline

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: of our activities, and we call it the flight checklist.They must be threefold.So first, to co-create an institution-tailored researchintegrity promotion plan, by assessing

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: the organizational needs and meeting the expectationsof our pilot institutions.Secondly, of course, we want to test the tools, the SOPs,the guidelines developed within our project.And this will give us a deeper and better understandingof the key stakeholders' perception on the efficiency,

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: but also effectiveness of the tools, the SOPs and guidelines,and their feasibility.Last but not least, to conduct a cost-benefit analysis.And here the leading partner is the London School of Economics.And this work will be led by Professor George Gaskell.So how our goals translate into actions,

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: here we start with our flight checklist.So the pre-start was an internal designing and planning phase,and this was done within our consortium.We had also our take off, what Nicole mentioned,this was the kick-off meeting with the pilot institutionsat the end of April.

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: The ongoing phase is the so-called climb.So here we are introducing the three main elements.Namely, the implementation guideline,the content tours and content help desk,and the self-assessment.The implementation guideline, we want hereto set up a framework, but also a concrete advice for both RPOs

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: and RFOs on how to establish a research integrity promotionplan.And how to use the tools and resources from our toolbox.This will be developed by a working group of expertswithin the work package seven.Content tours and content help desk,

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: they have started recently, namely this last Tuesday.Here, we would like to establish dialoguebetween project members and the pilot institutions,and also to engage the institutions with the topicsdeveloped within the project.Self-assessment, here we would like,

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: with the guidance of our experts from the consortium,to start translating those general topics developedfor both RPOs and RFOs into a research integrity promotionplan.And then we hope to reach our cruising altitude,as we call it, namely to co-create the researchintegrity promotion plan tailored to each institution's

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: needs, and also to test how easy itis to use the tools, the SOPs, the guidelines.And also, of course, what are the costs and benefitsof this instrument.The final approach, this will be the final fine-tuningof the very last version of the toolbox.

  • 10:31

    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: And then, of course, this will be the so-called parking,so the last stage of reporting and analysis for our project,and the shutdown of SOPs4RI.And then, as Nicole mentioned already,we hope that this will be only the beginningof the movement towards a stronger research integrity

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: culture.Shortly about the time frame, we just started recently in April,and we need to start reporting and analysis periods

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: in the mid of next year.So the piloting phase will run for approximately one year.And all the elements, like the content tours,drafting the research integrity promotionplan, cost-benefit analysis, theywill also start hopefully before the summer,and will continue at least to the end of April / May, 2022.

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: The most immediate action from our sidewas the so-called content tour.And by these tours, we would liketo introduce the topics developedfor both RPOs and RFOs to our pilot institutions.And how we plan it, so each expert from our consortium

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: is kind of responsible for presenting and guidingour partners through selected topics.The topics for RPOs are nine.For the topic of the supervision and mentoring,we have Dr. Joeri Tijdink from the Amsterdam UniversityMedical Center.Joeri is also leading the work of work package four.

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: Research integrity training, Professor Kris Dierickxfrom KU Leuven.Kris' team was also very much involvedinto the co-creational workshops.Publication and communication, Professor Ana Marusicfrom the University of Split School of Medicine.Ana is also an editor, and she's very much involved

  • 12:53

    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: in the COPE initiative.Research collaboration, Dr. Panagiotis Kavourasfrom the National Technical University of Athens.Panagiotis is also leading the workon the online toolbox within our project.Research environment, our colleague Dr. Noemie AubertBonn from the Amsterdam University Medical Center.

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: Data practices and management, me and my colleaguefrom Split, Rea Roje.Declarations of interest, Professor Ana Marusic again.Dealing with breaches of research integrity, Nicole.Research ethics structure, Kris from KU Leuven.As for the topics for RFOs, here we have three ladies.

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    TEODORA KONACH [continued]: Dr. Maura Hiney, Head of Post-Award and Evaluationat the Health Research Board Ireland, and Nicole, and Ana.

  • 13:52

    NICOLE FOEGER: Please check our website, SOPs4RI.A lot of things are going on there within the next year.We will fill up our toolbox with guidelinesand new standard operating procedures.So it will always be on a very recent status,and you should always check it: Check it out!

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Series Name: SOPs4RI

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Ltd.

Publication Year: 2022

Video Type:Case Study

Methods: Research ethics, Pilot studies, Integrity, Ethical principles, Research funding, Collaborative research, Research design

Keywords: collaboration; cost-benefit analysis; ethical considerations; integrity testing; pilot projects; research design; research ethics; research funding; teamwork ... Show More

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Dr. Nicole Foeger, PhD, Managing Director of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity, and Teodora Konach, PhD candidate, discuss the Standard Operating Procedures for Research Integrity (SOPs4RI) project, including its unique organization, goals, checklist and time-frame.

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Pilot Testing Standard Operating Procedures for Research Integrity

Dr. Nicole Foeger, PhD, Managing Director of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity, and Teodora Konach, PhD candidate, discuss the Standard Operating Procedures for Research Integrity (SOPs4RI) project, including its unique organization, goals, checklist and time-frame.

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