Fundamental principles of research integrity mean avoiding fabrication, falcification, plagiarism, conflict of interest or other research misconduct.

The latest update of European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity by the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) was based on an initiative by the EU. The Code applies to all who apply for EU funding.

Ethical aspects of the planned projects should be thought through and guidelines on research integrity should be followed. In the application, there should be information on the ethical issues (e.g. ethical governance procedures, informed consent, anonymity of subjects and withdrawal from research) that concern the chosen topic, methods and data. The proposals should also include information on any permits granted or pending within the project planned.

A document produced by Eurostars lists various ethical codes relevant for partnerships and their research projects.