Request for Information: Suggested Research Topics for Future Initiatives for the Research on Research Integrity Program

Notice Number: NOT-ES-12-004

Key Dates
Release Date: November 23, 2011
Response Due Date: February 1, 2012  

Issued by
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Office of Research Integrity


The Office of Research Integrity and the NIEHS seek input from the extramural and intramural community to help identify potential topics to be considered in future solicitations for the Research on Research Integrity Program.


Since August, 2000 the Office of Research Integrity has collaborated with an NIH Institute to solicit, annually, applications for the Research on Research Integrity (RRI) program. The purpose of the program is to encourage applications for research that will improve understanding of the basic mechanisms of research integrity by bridging work in the laboratory and the field. This understanding is expected to advance several goals, including the identification of the optimal targets and time points in the life course for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education and the identification of common mechanisms of behavior change related to research integrity.  Since its inception, topics selected for study have been determined jointly by ORI and NIH staff.

Historically, research integrity research has been primarily descriptive.  It is the desire of ORI and NIEHS to move the science on research integrity into an experimental model with testable hypotheses. Therefore, topics that lend themselves to testable hypotheses, such as behavior change, are of particular interest.  The overall goal of the RRI program is to transform the efficacy and effectiveness of RCR education in promoting research integrity, and cost efficiency of behavior change interventions when research misconduct is found.

Input Requested:

ORI and NIEHS invite all extramural and intramural scientific staff and other interested parties to suggest broad topics specifically related to research integrity issues in which there is little published data, as well as specific questions related to broader topics.  Recent topics include Research Integrity (RI) and the Public Trust; RI and Bias; RI and Community-Based Participatory Research; and RI and Factors Affecting Researcher's Behavior.

Note that biomedical ethics issues are covered under other programs and are not relevant to this request for information for the Research on Research Integrity program.

How to Submit a Response:

All responses must be submitted electronically to the following email address:  Responses will be accepted through February 1, 2012.  You will receive an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response, but will not receive individualized feedback.

Response to this RFI is voluntary.  Interested extramural and intramural investigators and other interested parties are invited to propose topics. Any personal identifiers (e.g., names, addresses, e-mail addresses, etc.) will be removed when responses are compiled Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response.

This Request for Information (RFI) is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the Office of Research Integrity, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and/or the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The NIH and/or the NIEHS does not intend to make any awards based on responses to this RFI or to otherwise pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government's use of such information.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Martha I. Barnes, M.S.
Program Analyst
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
530 Davis Drive
P.O. Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-541-3336

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