Research funding from the tobacco industry policy process

Objective

To ensure that the credibility of research findings and their interpretation, acceptance and implementation are not compromised by association with the tobacco industry.

Exclusions

Funds derived indirectly from the tobacco industry, in the form of taxes and duties, and then redistributed as targeted funding are not subject to this process.

Process steps

1. When applying for funding for health related research, researchers will ensure that the funding sources do not include funding from the tobacco industry.

2. Where researchers wish to apply for funding from the tobacco industry for non-health related research, they will:

2.1. Discuss the potential funding application with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation or delegate;

2.2. Gain formal approval from the RMIT Council before applying for such funding; and,

2.3. Ensure that RMIT has full responsibility for, and control over, the conduct of the research and any dissemination of the research findings.

3. RMIT staff will ensure that RMIT University does not accept funding that involves any promotion or advertising that supports the tobacco industry or the tobacco industry lobby and its activities.

4. When advertising grant opportunities, RMIT staff will ensure that they do not advertise any grant opportunities from the tobacco industry.

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