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UCD Office of Research Ethics

An Oifig Eitic Thaighde UCD

Horizon 2020 & Ethics

The Office of Research Ethics will assist UCD researchers in completing the ethics component of their H2020 and other grant applications, the Ethical Issues Table and the Ethics Self-Assessment in particular. The details of the entire process are explained in the H2020 Manual, which contains a section on the Ethics Appraisal Procedure

Ethical Issues Table

As part of their H2020 application, researcher must complete the Ethical Issues Table in section 4 of the administrative forms. If your research involves human participants, personal data, human cells and tissue, or animals and you have identified any ethics issues in the table, you may also need to submit the Ethics Self Assessment. The Ethical Issues Table is screened and on that basis, the applicant may receive a detailed 'Screening Report', which includes specific comments and ethics requirements to be addressed by the applicant

Please note that research proposals involving human embryonic stem cells, human embryos, and human foetuses, are not eligible for H2020 funding at all. Research on human stem cells can be financed; however, this will depend on the proposal and the legal framework of the country involved.

Ethics Self-Assessment

This document should describe how the proposal meets the national legislative and ethical best practice requirements of the country or countries where the research is to be carried out. This means that the applicant should identify relevant legislation (both national and EU-wide) and ethical best practice guidelines relevant to their proposal and how they will adhere to them. Many types of research not only require general compliance but also securing appropriate authorisations and/or licensing from the Competent Authorities i.e. clinical trials, research on living animals etc., as well as ethical approval from a relevant ethics committee (all research involving human participants and living animals). If the applicant receives specific comments in the so-called 'Screening Report', these will need to be addressed in detail in the Ethics Self-Assessment document.

Below you can find two documents, which will help you prepare your Ethics Self-assessment:

How to Prepare Your Ethics Self-assessment (European Commission guide)

H2020 Self -Assessment Requirements Template (UCD Office of Research Ethics template)

(This information was sourced and adapted from )

Further Info & Advice

Research Ethics Consultation: You can book a one-to-one or a group consultation session with our staff by emailing . For minor queries, please email or phone us at (01) 716 8767.

H2020 Participant Portal - Official portal for researchers seeking to find and secure funding under H2020 programme

Responsible Research (research integrity & H2020)

The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (Revised Edition 2017) 

Published by the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA), the code is supported by the European Commission as the required standard of research integrity for all projects funded by Horizon 2020.


*Please note that the Office of Research Ethics is not responsible for the content of external websites.