Prevention of fraud and conflicts of interest in scientific environments is key in research programs, particularly when research is financed by the industry. The best way to guarantee quality and integrity of research(ers), even under performance pressure, resides in maintaining an optimal research culture in which observing a strict ethical code takes a central place.
Researchers who take part in the activities of the BBEMG commit themselves to observe complete scientific honesty. They comply with the ethical code for scientific research in Belgium (*) which is endorsed by their university or institute and hence also pertain to their work as members of the BBEMG. Collaboration with Elia may and will not be of any influence.
Research performed in the framework of BBEMG benefits in part from a financial contribution of Elia. Therefore research agreements are signed between Elia and the universities/institutes to which the researchers belong. The researchers themselves never receive a personal financial support. The research agreement clearly states that the researchers should at any time benefit from complete scientific freedom and that they are totally responsible for the results of their research. They are encouraged to ensure the publication of their results in high quality scientific peer reviewed journals in order to promote the credibility and knowledge of the research.