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Case Study in Review Integrity: Abuse of Power

A series to raise awareness, encourage dialog and inspire creative problem solving for challenges in maintaining integrity in peer review. What would you do if, as the Dean of Research at a major university, a group of students, postdocs, and junior faculty reported that they had been pressured into writing reviewer critiques for a senior...

NIH Helps Small Businesses Change the World

Did you know that the NIH’s small business programs (SBIR and STTR) invest over 1 billion dollars into life science and healthcare companies each year? The newly-created Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) office provides grantees with many of the valuable entrepreneurship and commercialization services we have discussed...

Institute and Center Award Rates and Funding Disparities

In 2011, Ginther et al. first demonstrated that African American and Black applicants to the National Institutes of Health received grant awards at a lower rate than their white counterparts (Ginther 2011). Since then, multiple studies have reproduced and extended this finding (Ginther 2011; Ginther 2016; Hoppe 2019; Erosheva 2020). Recently we reported...

Leveraging Standardized Clinical Data to Advance Discovery

Guest blog post authored by: Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, FAAN, Director, National Library of Medicine, NIHSusan Gregurick, PhD, Associate Director for Data Science, NIH; Director of the NIH Office of Data Science StrategyTeresa Zayas Cabán, PhD, Chief Scientist, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; Coordinator,...

An Early Look at Applications Submitted During the Pandemic

It has been four months since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered laboratories and clinical studies across the country and the world. On April 10, only a few weeks into the pandemic, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report on the “Effects of COVID-19 on the Federal Research and Development Enterprise.” The report described the consequences...

Useful Flexibilities for Animal Care and Use Programs to Comply with the PHS Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we continue to address the effects of COVID-19 and as some states and institutions are considering reopening, we would like to share some administrative flexibilities that NIH is providing to research institutions with laboratory animal programs. These flexibilities are meant to assure personnel safety and animal welfare while enabling research...

Addressing Foreign Interference and Associated Risks to the Integrity of Biomedical Research, and How You Can Help

On Tuesday, June 23, Dr. Kelvin Drogemeier, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), gave a presentation to the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) on “Enhancing the Security and Integrity of America’s Research Enterprise.”  Dr. Drogemeier articulated five “key takeaway” messages: The integrity of our research...

How We Handle Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Carrie Wolinetz, Ph.D., Associate Director for Science Policy, NIH As we have discussed frequently over the past couple of years (see related statements), if there are concerns that sexual harassment is affecting an NIH-funded project, we want to know about it.   At the NIH Advisory Council to the Director (ACD) meeting on June 12 (see video...

Help Us Strengthen Rigor of Animal Research: Public Feedback Requested

Ever figured out a clever solution to a vexing challenge that affected the rigor of your work with laboratory animals, and then thought that those solutions could improve the quality and transparency of animal research supported across NIH? Recently found yourself at virtual lab meetings brainstorming ways to facilitate translating the findings...

New Steps to Help Ensure Safe Work Environments for NIH-Supported Research

Carrie Wolinetz, Ph.D., Associate Director for Science Policy, NIH If an institution requests approval to remove a principal investigator (PI) or other senior key person named in the grant award due to concerns about safety and/or the work environments (e.g. due to concerns about harassment, bullying, retaliation, or hostile working conditions),...

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