Cancer Research UK is launching a set of rules to tackle bullying and harassment among colleagues.
According to The Guardian, the charity said scientists found to be bullying or harassing colleagues could face losing funding and being banned from supervising PhD students, among other sanctions.
Universities and research institutions will be made to alert the charity about any live investigations into bullying and harassment, or face sanctions if they fail to comply.
Iain Foulkes, executive director of innovation at CRUK, told the paper: “We will go as far as we need to go.
“If an institution doesn’t address what might be perceived as a cultural problem we wouldn’t want to be putting money into that institution.”
He added that movements such as #MeToo, which has brought to light cases of bullying, sexual harassment and abuse carried out by powerful individuals, made the organisation “question whether there was more we could do in research and science”.
An investigation by the paper last month revealed hundreds of academics across 135 UK universities had been accused of bullying or harassment over the past five years.
In May, the Wellcome Trust announced that scientists who have been sanctioned by their institutions for harassment and bullying would lose out on funding.
The research-funding charity was the first major funder in the UK to implement the policy, following similar rules by the National Science Foundation in the US.
It follows a damning report by ex-judge Dame Laura Cox which blasted a culture of “deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence” in Parliament, which allowed abuse to thrive.
HuffPost UK has contacted Cancer Research UK for comment.