Audit Division Hotline is a channel through which to report 1) corruption related to NRF employees and/or the work performed by them and 2) cheating by researchers supported by the NRF.
The information reported here will be handled in a safe and confidential manner, and we will promptly and faithfully investigate and report the results.
Please understand, however, that we will not accept or process any slander, harassment, or abstract personal allegations against others without any substantial grounds.
|Hotline to Audit Division|
|Matters subject to report||Corruption by NRF staff or the work performed by him/her||Cheating by researchers supported by NRF|
|Content of report||Undue or unfair work (unfair practice in project operation and assessment, etc.)
Illegal solicitations about human resource affairs and/or concessions
Waste of budgets, etc.
Research fund misconduct
Corruption in research conduction and operation, etc.
Method of report
Online report: You can easily report it online by clicking the Report button.
Report by E-mail: Click the Download Form button to download the relevant document format. Complete the form and send it to the email address below.
Report by Post: Click the Download Form button to download the relevant document format. Complete the form and send it to the mailing address below.
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post: Audit Division Hotline (34113), National Research Foundation of Korea, 201, Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
Identification of the informant
Real-name report: This is a method of reporting with the informant's personal information such as name, contact information, and e-mail address, so that they can receive faithful and responsible responses about the results of the investigation. The identity of the informant will remain confidential.
Closed report: This is a method where the report is made without disclosing the personal information about the informant. In this case, investigation is decided after reviewing the content of the report and the supporting evidence. If the content of the report is not specific, the investigation may not proceed and the report contents are used as audit information. The result of investigation may not be provided if the informant does not leave contact information and e-mail address.Handling Process of the Report
Reporting corruption by NRF staff (work) / Reporting researcher misconduct (research fee)
Reporting corruption by NRF staff or the work performed by them
What is the corruption activity?
It refers to the act of promoting the interests of the person or a third party by abusing its status or authority or violating laws and regulations in relation to the job.
It refers to the act of damaging property of NRF by violating laws and ordinances in the use of the budget of the Foundation, the acquisition, management and disposition of its property, or the conclusion and implementation of contracts signed by NRF.
It refers to the act of forcing, recommending, offering, or attracting the concealment of the acts specified above.
Grounds for the definition of corruption
『Act on the Prevention of Corruption and the Establishment and Management of the Anti-corruption and Civil Rights Commission』
『Enforcement Decree of the Act on the Prevention of Corruption and the Establishment and Management of the Anti-corruption and Civil Rights Commission』
『NRF Operational Guidelines on the Handling of Corruption Reports and the Protection of Informants, etc.』
『NRF Employee Code of Conduct』
Reporting misconduct of researchers supported by NRF
What is researcher's misconduct?
It refers to the acts in relation to the academic and R&D activities supported by NRF, such as:
"Counterfeiting" act that makes false data or research results that do not exist
"Falsification" act that artificially manipulates research materials, equipment, processes, or distorts the content or results of research by arbitrarily modifying or deleting data.
"Plagiarism" act that uses ideas, research content, and results of others without proper citation
"Indication of invalid author" act that does not give a person who has contributed to the content or results of a research proper citation as an author of the research without good reason, or grants a person the citation as a sign of appreciation or respect even though he/she has not contributed to the research.
Act of intentionally interfering with the investigation on suspicious misconduct by him/herself or others, or harming the informant
Other activities that seriously deviate from the range generally accepted in each academic field such as humanities, social science, science and technology, etc.
Grounds for the definition of research misconduct
『The Guideline for Securing of Research Ethics』(Ministry of Education Directive No.153)
『NRF Guideline for Securing of Research Ethics』
What is research fund misconduct?
This refers to cases where the entities in charge of research expenses management (such as director of research institute, research budget manager, head of accounting audit department, principal investigator, etc.) who should have implemented and managed research projects transparently and efficiently violate the relevant regulations.
Grounds for the definition of research fund misconduct
『The Sciences Promotion Act』, 『Enforcement Decree of the Sciences Promotion Act』, 『Enforcement Regulation of the Sciences Promotion Act』
『Regulations On Management Of National Research and Development Projects』
『Handling Regulations on Research and Development Projects in Science and Technology Sector Governed by Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning』
『Handling Regulations on Research and Development Projects in Science and Engineering Sector Governed by Ministry of Education』
『Handling Regulations on Academic Research Support Projects in Humanities and Social Science Sector』
『Student labor cost integrated management guidelines』