NIH is fully committed to maintaining public trust in the NIH research enterprise by supporting our grantees in adhering to the highest standards of research integrity. Research integrity includes:
- the use of honest and verifiable methods in proposing, performing, and evaluating research
- reporting research results with particular attention to adherence to rules, regulations, guidelines,
- and following commonly accepted professional codes or norms.
NIH expects that everyone involved in research, including investigators, trainees, administrators and NIH staff, will promote research integrity in fulfillment of NIH's research mission. Each NIH-funded institution is required to have a system in place for handling allegations of research misconduct.
NIH grants policy requires every NIH-supported trainee to receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. All research training programs are required to consider including instruction in the following areas: conflict of interest, responsible authorship, policies for handling misconduct, data management, data sharing, and policies regarding the use of human and animal subjects.
In matters related to research misconduct, all NIH supported research falls under the authority of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) at the Department of Health and Human Services. ORI promotes integrity by monitoring institutional investigations of research misconduct and facilitating the responsible conduct of research (RCR) through educational, preventive, and regulatory activities in accordance with 42 CFR Parts 50 and 93 - Public Health Service Policies on Research Misconduct (PDF - 224 KB).