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Commissioned and Funded Research

Non-medical research may be commissioned by organisations such as government departments, private companies or charities. The research may be funded by the commissioning organisation, or by a funding agency, or by a combination of these. Alternatively, individual researchers or research teams may apply directly to research funders for support for specific research projects. These may be government funders or charitable funders of research.
This is a complex picture where ethical considerations abound. The resources we have gathered in this part of the Framework are designed to help researchers, commissioners, and funders of non-medical research, whether in the private or the public sector, to operate in an ethical way.


Our framework for research ethics helps you to consider ethics issues during the complete lifecycle of a project and includes information and guidelines on good research conduct and governance.

UCL is committed to ensuring the highest standards of research integrity across all of its activities, which includes the careful consideration of funding opportunities available to staff and students.
UCL’s position on certain funding opportunities is clear, such as not accepting any monies from the tobacco industry. However, there are other types of funding situations that for a number of reasons may not be acceptable in certain circumstances or for particular pieces of research.
UCL’s Research Funding and Ethics Policy was approved in 2014. The Research Funding Ethics Committee decides appropriateness of funding in cases referred to it, through assessing compliance and consistency with the Research Funding Ethics Policy.