The ethics of corporate research grants


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  • Sunday, 30 Mar 2003

Many universities look towards industry for research funding. Detractors say academic intergrity is compromised when negative findings are suppressed, and that a Code of Practice is needed. RORY DALY and JOHN WAKEFORD report. 

COMMERCIAL clients evaluate the products of their investment in terms not of their contribution to knowledge but of commercial value. But as much research is conducted through university departments, what happens when business interests conflict with central tenets of academic inquiry? 

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