In research applications to the FWF, applicants are asked to describe all potential ethical, safety-related, or regulatory aspects of their proposal and how they plan to handle them. They are asked to focus particularly on the benefits and any potential stressors in the experiments and the effects these may have on research subjects. This should be addressed briefly even if the project does not raise any such concerns.
Applicants must also comply with the guidelines for good scientific practice of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity (OeAWI) when submitting the application and carrying out the project.
In the event of a suspected violation of the guidelines on good scientific practice, the FWF will initiate an investigation. This investigation serves both to penalize actual violations according to the existing rules and to protect researchers from unfounded accusations.
The FWF has established a whistleblower system for reporting suspected violations; reports can also be made anonymously.