Misconduct and Ethics

Community Description

Unfortunately, instances of ethical misconduct by grantees or misconduct that impacts grantees has become an issue that funders need to address. Do funders have a role in preventing toxic work environments?  What can and should we do if we discover a grantee is harassing or bullying a member of the lab?  This new Community is working with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine as well as our institutional colleagues to develop strategies to address issues of workplace culture, conduct, and ethics that funders can implement all through the grantmaking process. Please note that though we realize that issues of  research misconduct are also important, the issues on which this community will focus are distinct from those.

Here is a link to call notes, planning documents, and other resources related to the community accessible to HRA Members only.

The short-term goals of this Community are:

  1. To better understand university policies and procedures surrounding researcher ethical misconduct such as harassment, bullying, or creation of a toxic work environment
  1. To better understand how funders can put safeguards in place to prevent misconduct and what those safeguards or strategies could be
  1. To learn how can funders and universities best communicate to achieve the common goal of reducing misconduct and harassment in academia



The Misconduct and Ethics Community is being chaired by:

  • Kara Coleman, V Foundation for Cancer Research
  • Tammy Collins, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
  • Kim Lezak, Health Resources in Action