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Research Integrity



The University of Cambridge is an international research community and our research benefits from collaboration and investment from across the world.  It is a significant strength that our researchers play a leading role within the global research community.

As well as the huge benefits that are offered by international research collaboration, it is important to recognise the associated risks.  To ensure that research and innovation in the UK continues to thrive, research must be safeguarded.

Safeguarding Research

It is each researcher’s responsibility to reflect on the work that they do and their research and funding partnerships to determine the potential risks and ensure the security of data from potential malicious actions outside formal partnership arrangements

Academics working in STEM subjects, dual-use technologies, emerging technologies and commercially sensitive areas are most at risk from potential threats to intellectual property, sensitive research and personal information.

Trusted Research Guidance

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has developed Trusted Research Guidance to help you and the University understand and manage potential risks and support the integrity of international research collaboration. It is designed to help you make informed choices about research partnerships and covers areas from general information about the risks to your research to checklists to help you protect your data. Researchers are encouraged to review this detailed guidance when considering potential international research partnerships.

In consideration of the Guidance, UKRI has recently published Trusted Research and Innovation Principles that set out its expectations for international collaboration.  Organisations it funds as well as new and existing grant holders are required to work within these principles.  

The University provides support to help you ensure the security of your projects and the protection of data. As an expert in your field, and with a full understanding of your research, you are best placed to judge the potential interest and broader application of your work and determine the risk should your research be accessed illegitimately or used in ways other than as intended. These pages are based on the CPNI and UKRI guidance and are designed to support you in understanding the risks.

Researchers are advised to first review the Trusted Research Checklist and then review the more detailed guidance provided throughout these pages.