As scientists, we’re well acquainted with the importance of protecting our research from factors that could undermine objectivity. And as the nation’s largest single funder of biomedical research, it is vitally important that the public trusts the research NIH supports.
To this end, NIH recently published a centralized document describing our policies pertinent to scientific research integrity. While NIH has extensive policies and procedures to help ensure the highest degree of scientific integrity, this new document — NIH Policies and Procedures for Promoting Scientific Integrity — for the first time consolidates this information from a diverse array of documents into a unified report that’s easily accessible to anyone interested in learning more about NIH research, even those new to working with or learning about NIH.
An NIH working group, which included members of my staff in the Office of Extramural Research, developed this resource, and I’m pleased to see the outcome of their hard work. This document not only fulfills a White House directive for a public document on scientific integrity, but it is also supports transparency and public accountability that is at the core of NIH’s mission.