The launch of the Reduce research Waste and Reward Diligence (REWARD) Campaign at the Research Waste/EQUATOR conference

Last modified: May 21, 2017

At the Research Waste/EQUATOR conference the Lancet’s Reduce research Waste and Reward Diligence (REWARD) campaign was launched. The conference (Edinburgh, September 28-30th, 2015) aimed to present what was done so far with the 17 recommendations of the 2014 Lancet series to present problems and potential solutions in reducing research waste; and to launch the REWARD campaign.

The conclusion of the conference was that a lot is put in motion, but also that still a lot remains to be done. The Lancet published this inventory which describes what is done so far and underlines the importance of further action.

To take further action, all organisations involved in biomedical research worldwide are invited to join the REWARD campaign. The NRIN was among the early adopters of the REWARD statement, like some Dutch University Medical Centers (UMC Utrecht, VUmc and AMC). All organisations that already endorse the statement are shown on the website. The REWARD campaign also welcomes examples of measures that organisations have taken and are taking (and will take) to increase value and reduce waste.

 

The REWARD Statement

We recognise that, while we strive for excellence in research, there is much that needs to be done to reduce waste and increase the value of our contributions. We maximise our research potential when:

  • we set the right research priorities;
  • we use robust research design, conduct and analysis;
  • regulation and management are proportionate to risks;
  • all information on research methods and findings are accessible;
  • reports of research are complete and usable.

We believe we have a responsibility not just to seek to advance knowledge, but also to advance the practice of research itself. This will contribute to improvement in the health and lives of all peoples, everywhere. As funders, regulators, commercial organisations, publishers, editors, researchers, research users and others – we commit to playing our part in increasing value and reducing waste in research.

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