Research Ethics

With regard to ethical challenges the Faculty of Social Sciences offers a Research Ethics Screening and a Pre-Screening for PhD projects to support its researchers in the preparation of research projects. Researchers have the possibility to reflect potential ethical risks, problems and challenges of their projects based on an Online-Self-Assessment. Consequently they receive feedback from the Institutional Review Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences, suggesting that the conduct of the project either seems possible based on their own authority, or whether an application with the Ethics Committee of the University of Vienna is advisable. Based on Austrian legislation (Universities Act 2002) and the Status of the University of Vienna the Ethics Committee is legally enabled to qualify research projects as adequately respecting the fundamental values of human dignity, liberty and health and as not violating any legal provisions.

After login members of the Faculty of Social Sciences will find all information regarding the Research Ethics Screening on the following pages: The Online-Self-Assessment, information by and on the Institutional Review Board, on the Pre-Screening for PhD projects, on departmental specifics as well as further resources and support.

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