Many of you may have seen the recent Nature Commentary by NIH Director Francis Collins and NIH Deputy Director Larry Tabak that talks about how NIH is addressing concerns about reproducibility in science. If you haven’t I’d encourage you to take a look.
The topic of reproducibility is not new, and there are a number of NIH institutes and offices that have completed or are embarking on projects that contribute to the goal of improving rigor in the design and methods used in research. In addition, NIH has a number of programs and policies that more generally support the goals of reproducibility, for example, PubMed Commons, data sharing and public access policies, and more.
Improving the reproducibility of biomedical science is critical to NIH’s mission. Feedback from the community on these pilot projects will inform us about the approaches to adopt and implement agency-wide. So stay involved and stay tuned…there will be more to follow.