Science is a ladder that leads to success. It is a firm, solid support system – like a ladder – that opens realms of medical possibilities and discoveries. Each rung of the ladder adds strength, value, and support to the journey. The ladder of science, its rung, rails, locks, and steps are built on a foundation called ethics.
Ethics are the moral codes abided by an individual while performing a specific task at hand. It is ethics that keep the ladder stable and reliable to allow scientific and medical ascent.
Grant proposal writing, being part of a scientific and biomedical endeavor, has its own set of ethics that a potential grantee must follow so as to increase odds of success. There are numerous ethical concerns that the author should keep in mind while writing the grant application. We will discuss a few in this article.
It means hiring a grant writer for drafting your application in exchange for money. This is considered an unethical way of earning funds for your research. No one can write a better application than the investigator himself.
Approval of the Ethics Committee
First of all, you have to seek approval from the Ethics Committee for the subjects involved in your scientific research. Get authorization from the animal care organization if animals, such as rats, mice, monkeys, chimpanzees, pigs, etc., are to be involved in your experiments. (Izet, 2012)
Next, take fully informed consent from the people taking part as subjects in your research. This consent should be in written form mentioning all the procedures to be conducted on them. Also, a statement of approval for sharing their necessary information like photographs (if needed) with the viewers should be written in it.
Secondly, you should conduct all your research with the consent of all your research team members. They should know about the study design that is to be fostered in your research. Everything should be discussed with them in detail and with their full involvement. Failed to do so, your research application will be rejected.
Aims & Hypothesis
Refrain from exaggeration in the list of aims and hypotheses. Proposing too many aims than can actually be achieved in a given period is another example of unethical grant writing. Hence, be genuine in claiming your research objectives.
Intellectual sincerity is to be followed in every step of research starting from the research question until its final publication. Data fabrication means dishonesty in your data presentation. Avoid forgery in your research. It will do you no good. It will instead damage your impression on the peer reviewers as well as your overall research record.
Authentic data is proof of authentic research. Never try to invent the data on your own in case you have any data missing in your research. In this type of situation, stay honest and positive. Find a biostatistician and ask for his advice. He will definitely provide you with logical methods to deal with the missing data. The methods you use should be mentioned in your research with pure transparency.
Misusing statistics for the sake of diverting your research to a specific result is another type of data fabrication and is illegal. Therefore, you are advised to stick to our own intellect if you want to win any grant.
Fraud & Deceit as Ethical Misconducts
In simple terms, fraud is doing something illegal for personal benefit, and deceit is deceiving someone from finding the real truth. Both of the acts are considered as ethical misconducts and should be avoided at all costs.