Research increasingly involves collaboration within and between Universities and with other organisations. Collaboration enables research by proffering expertise and/or resources not otherwise available within a single laboratory or organisation. However collaboration also creates particular challenges in relation to the responsible conduct of research. These challenges arise due to differences across disciplines and institutions in research norms, rules and regulations.

Researchers involved in collaboration must ensure that differences in standards do not compromise the integrity of data collection and analysis. Differences between institutions in rules and regulations can be difficult to reconcile and may affect practices related to authorship, data management, research ethics, conflicts of interest and intellectual property. Effective collaboration therefore begins with a clear understanding of the roles, responsibilities and expectations of each party.

The University’s policy on the responsible conduct of research requires that formal agreements on collaborative research with other organisations be in place before a project begins. Researchers collaborating with other institutions must act in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 (the Code), University policies and agreements that govern the collaborative research in which they are engaged.

Researchers wishing to engage in collaborative research should consult their Research Partnerships Manager or the Research Management Office for advice and assistance.

Key resources

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018)

4.20.02 Responsible Conduct of Research

UQ Research Management Office

UQ Research Partnerships Managers

Additional resources

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007)

Doing Global Science (InterAcademy Council)

International Research Integrity (National Science Foundation USA)

Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations