The documents attached below outline the Eurostars programme’s ethics requirements and provide you with guidelines for self-assessing your R&D project both before submitting your application and whilst the project is running.
Ethics in Eurostars
For your Eurostars application to be approved to receive funding, your proposal must comply with:
- Horizon 2020 guidelines (How to complete your ethics self-assessment?)
- European legislation and guidelines (see Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, European Convention on Human Rights and its supplementary Protocols, Article 19 of Horizon 2020 Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013 and Ethics and data protection)
- National legislation of the country you are planning to conduct your R&D project in (contact your national funding body)
Familiarise yourself with all the relevant documents listed above before using Horizon 2020’s guide How to complete your ethics self-assessment? to fill in the Eurostars Ethics Issues Table and Ethics Requirement Form for your application. Following this guide will reduce your chances of being rejected for funding from the Eurostars programme because of ethics issues and help you to ensure that your proposal is compliant with applicable international, European Union and national law.
We recommend that you consult ethics advisors (either externally or within your organisation) to help with both the planning and implementation of your project. How to complete your ethics self-assessment? provides ethics self-assessment guidelines for organisations working with:
- Human embryos and foetuses
- Human beings
- Human cells or tissues
- Personal data
- Non-EU countries
- Environment, health and safety
- Dual use
- Exclusive focus on civil applications
- Potential misuse of research results
- Other ethics issues
Eurostars ethics appraisal process
The Eurostars programme has an ethics appraisal process that evaluates your project proposal after submission and monitors your project during its running time.
Step 1: Self-assessment
To self-assess your project proposal before applying to the Eurostars programme, follow the guidelines provided by Horizon 2020: How to complete your ethics self-assessment? Use these to fill in your Eurostars Ethics Issues Table and Ethics Requirements Form, which should be attached as annexes to your Eurostars application form.
Step 2a: Pre-screening and Screening
Two ethics experts perform a pre-screening of applications by selecting project proposals that might face ethical issues. Then (on screening the selected applications) experts provide a report on the project’s objectives, methodology and potential impact.
Step 2b: Ethics Assessment
The Eurostars programme experts also conduct an in-depth analysis of ethics issues and (if necessary) and give recommendations on how to resolve them.
Step 3: Ethics Check
At various points during the project’s running time, ethics checks will be conducted on projects to ensure that they comply with ethics requirements.
Ethics Review results
There are three possible outcomes of your project’s Ethics Review:
- Ethics clearance
- Conditional ethics clearance (you must provide additional information to clarify and/ or resolve ethics issues)
- No ethics clearance (ethics issues are significant enough for the proposal to be rejected)
Ethics requirements are contractual obligations. If your project has significant ethics issues, it will be rejected for funding and/ or funding installments will be withheld.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding the Eurostars programme’s ethics appraisal process.