NRIN meeting for Research Projects (newsletter nr5)
Last modified: May 23, 2017
Recently the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) granted several research projects in their program Fostering Responsible Research Practices. To introduce them to each other, the first NRIN meeting for researchers of these and other recently funded research projects was organized on April 25th.
During the morning the researchers presented their projects. Abstracts are available here. In the afternoon subgroup discussions were held on challenges we face, and four young researchers shared their ideas in a panel discussion about what researchers can already do today to foster RCR.
The atmosphere was good and the discussions lively. The participants had a lot of questions and interesting ideas to share A more detailed report on the afternoon program will follow on our website, but here are some of the concrete plans and tips of the participants:
- A lot of things happen between a protocol and the result of research. A good protocol still doesn’t necessarily mean good research. We need peer review in several stages.
- Moreover, a protocol is a guide, not necessarily a fixed route. You can learn along the way (reinforced by interim peer review), but be transparent about it! Update your protocol.
- However, the peer review system should be improved too (hence the IMPER project).
Ask others when in doubt.
- Admitting that you don’t know everything, is key. Your students should search for answers themselves too.
Pre-register your project.
- Reflect. Think about your own allegiance: am I right or am I biased?