Luxembourg Agency for Research Integrity (LARI)

Founding year

2016

History

The Luxembourg Agency for Research Integrity (LARI) is the national agency promoting and investigating research integrity in Luxembourg.  LARI, a non-profit organization, is a joint venture between the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), the University of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the Luxembourg Institute for Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). As such, LARI intersects with a variety of research disciplines including medicine, behavioural and social sciences, physical sciences and mathematics, engineering and materials sciences, law, and computing.

ENRIO member since

2018

Structure

Non-profit

Main Tasks

The mission of LARI is twofold:

  •     To promote responsible conduct of research;
  •     To ensure an independent inquiry and investigation in cases of alleged scientific misconduct.

LARI promotes research ethics and research integrity via four methods: Education, Coaching, Consultation, and Investigations.

Investigation

For details about the investigative work of LARI, please see https://lari.lu/best-practice-useful-links/investigations-cri-rules-of-procedure/

Training

LARI provides research ethics and integrity training via the CAPRI (Creative Approaches Promoting Research Integrity) program. Courses consist of a novel blend of didactic and hands-on creative activities. Coach Training Workshops are also provided as part of the LARI Coaching program.  Some of the LARI sessions are open to external attendees for a registration fee.  Contact LARI for scheduling or see https://lari.lu/updates/

Promoting Research Integrity

LARI includes a Coaching service.  LARI Coaches help get researchers from point A (study prep) to point B (study reporting).  Coaching provides support, encouragement, and guidance as researchers progress along their project path, and helps them produce robust, ethical research.

LARI coaching is adapted from the Philips Research (Eindhoven, NL) experience of global coaches who assist medical device researchers with navigating the research ethics committee process.  LARI Coaches go farther and take a longitudinal approach to guiding researchers (in their own Dept/Institute) amid the complexities of designing, conducting, recording, monitoring, auditing, analysis, and reporting of research.

A LARI Coach Workshop and Coach Handbook are available for new Coaches.

Other tasks: Ethics consult service

LARI provides a free ethics consult service to researchers of all levels (Faculty, staff, students) who are affiliated with its member organizations: University of Luxembourg, LISER, LIST, LIH, and FNR.  During the consult, the dilemma is analyzed by a bioethicist (LARI Secretary General, Dr. Katrina Bramstedt) and potential solutions are posed in a written consult report.  Consults are part of a registry for QI and research https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25758372

Contact

Prof (adj) Dr Katrina A. Bramstedt, PhD

Secretary General

Luxembourg Agency for Research Integrity (LARI)
6, avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux
L-4362 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

+352 621 553 884