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Facts About AIRE and Research Misconduct

  • The research ethics training effort existed as early as 2000 with a faculty survey seeking opinions and attitudes towards consequences for research misconduct. A low level of training was provided campus wide in two courses (see Table 1). In 2009 effort was increased to provide ethics education to researchers.  The AIRE office was established in Graduate Studies in 2013 which saw a steady annual increase in certification and compliance.
    • In 2016 AIRE/Graduate Studies produced the first compliance tracking utility that could identify federally funded recipients. For the first time (that’s why the orange bar is so high) AIRE is able to locate actual individuals who are now systematically identified so that they can acquire certification in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) by taking advantage of research ethics education opportunities.  Ethics resources are also listed in the Professional & Academic Workshops (PAW) website.
  • Twelve to sixteen cases of research misconduct are posted on the ORI website each year. 
  • Wondering how much of a budget a university research ethics program should have in proportion to the institutions overall research program?  The answer is 0.1%. This means that a university that spends $500 million in research per year should spend $500,000 per year supporting ethics education! (citation Kalichman, 2000). 
  • Of the 6500 graduate students at UNM, approximately 1000 of those students are legally required to obtain RCR certification. However, UNM encourages ALL graduate students to get trained in the ethical conduct of research!
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