PRO-RES project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 788352

Project summary

PRO-RES: PROmoting ethics and integrity in non-medical RESearch

Trying to behave ethically and with integrity when conducting research can prove to be complicated given the wide range of codes, guidelines and frameworks. Regulations are diverse and inconsistent, and review practices vary considerably – between countries, institutions, disciplines and professions. As multinational and interdisciplinary research grow, it is vital that the confusion arising out of such disparate approaches should be reduced as far as possible.

The main objective of PRO-RES is to devise and build a supported guidance framework for all non-medical sciences and humanities disciplines adopting social science methodologies. The framework will meet the highest standards of research ethics and scientific integrity and be comprehensive, covering the full range of issues and concerns – such as dealing with innovative technologies and the novel research possibilities of big data, the challenges of social media research and balancing public interest concerns with cherished rights to privacy. It will be of practical help in guiding interested parties to ways of achieving reliable and trustworthy research. It will not duplicate existing work – merely guide stakeholders in the direction of established existing good practices.

Project Consortium and Stakeholders


PRO-RES is a collaborative project built by 14 entities, coming from 10 countries (France, United Kingdom, Portugal, Greece, Estonia, Croatia, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Ireland):

  • European Science Foundation (Coordinator)
  • Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS)
  • Catholic University of Croatia (CUC)
  • Dublin City University
  • European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH)
  • European Policy Centre (EPC)
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
  • Innovation in Research & Engineering Solutions (IRES)
  • Institut des Hautes Ecoles Economiques et Commerciales (INSEEC)
  • Italian National Research Council (CNR)
  • Knowledge & Innovation (K&I Srls)
  • National Technical University (NTUA)
  • Steinbeis 2i GmbH (S2i)
  • University of Tartu


The targeted stakeholders include researchers, reviewers, regulators, research managers and policymakers and, not least, a representative range of research subjects/participants.

Role of ESF

ESF has assumed the role of project coordinator.

Timeline & Funding

This is a 3-year project, starting on 1 May 2018. The total funding received from EC is 2.8M euros.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 788352