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NIH frequently receives inquiries about allegations of research misconduct. Allegations of research misconduct are handled by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Research Integrity (ORI), which is the only entity that can find an individual guilty of research misconduct for research sponsored by NIH. Neither NIH nor ORI can confirm or deny allegations of research misconduct during an active investigation in the interest of protecting all parties involved. An allegation is not a finding and everyone is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.
If an individual is found to have committed research misconduct, this information is made public through postings on the ORI Web Site.