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The National Center for Professional & Research Ethics (NCPRE) creates and shares resources to support the development of better ethics and leadership practices. We focus on leadership in a variety of institutional settings, from academia to business.

The NCPRE project began with a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, and is located within the University of Illinois Coordinated Science Laboratory.

Our current work includes studying and promoting improved research practice in university and private settings. One of our flagship initiatives is the SOURCE project, which provides universities with tools to assess their research ethics climates and benchmark themselves against institutional peers. We also offer workshops and MOOC-based coursework devoted to ethical leadership and coping with institutional challenges in the rapidly changing environment of higher education, here in the U.S. and around the world. Another important current activity is a multi-year leadership development institute, offered in partnership with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

In all its activities, NCPRE is committed to helping form communities of responsible professional practice.