Gearing Up for 2023 Part II: Implementing the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

May 12, 2022

I should note that when we started to receive comments on what was to become the NIH DMS Policy, one thing in particular stood out to us. Many commentors told us it would be helpful to have clear information on how to protect the privacy and respect the autonomy of participants when sharing data. Now, we all know that cliffhangers build anticipation, so without further delay, I want to share with you some of the tools NIH has been working on to answer that call.

Congress Strengthens NIH’s Ability To Address Harassment in NIH-funded Activities

May 10, 2022

The recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2022 includes “Section 239,” which is a milestone in our efforts to ensure safe working conditions for people engaged in NIH-supported research. The law requires NIH grant recipients to notify us when their senior key personnel are removed from their position or are otherwise disciplined due to concerns about harassment, bullying, retaliation, or hostile working conditions. This is a major step in our continued effort to change the culture of harassment in biomedical science.

Reducing Administrative Burden in Laboratory Animal Research: What Have We Done Recently and What’s Coming…

April 20, 2022

The 21st Century Cures Act called for NIH to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to reduce administrative burdens associated with laboratory animal research programs, while maintaining high standards of animal welfare as well as the integrity and credibility of the research. We jointly released a final report in 2019 outlining steps to accomplish this goal, and have since worked together to implement many of the recommendations. We wanted to take this opportunity today to share some of NIH’s progress and how you can remain involved.