Release Date:  June 5, 2002

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-02-053

National Institutes of Health

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is seeking applications by 
June 28, 2002 for its newly established Responsible Conduct of 
Research (RCR) Resource Development Program to facilitate the 
creation of instructional materials for general use in
institutional RCR education programs.  The program announcement is
available on the ORI home page.

The program supports the development of instructional materials that 
address one or more of the following topics: Data acquisition, 
management, sharing, and ownership; mentor/trainee responsibilities; 
publication practices and responsible authorship; peer review; 
collaborative science; human research subjects; animal research 
subjects; conflict of interest and commitment, and research misconduct. 
Proposals must use the form provided on the ORI website and be 
submitted via email as an attachment to facilitate the review

ORI intends to fund between 8 and 10 projects (total cost $25,000 each) 
this fiscal year.  Awards will be announced in early August 2002.  
Award decisions will be based on relevance to PHS research and the 
aforementioned RCR instruction areas, innovative quality, and potential 
for use by other institutions.

In subsequent years, the submission deadline will be February 1 with 
reviews conducted in March and awards made in May. 

The RCR resource program implements recommendations made in two reports
issued by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).  In 1992, the NAS 
report on Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research 
Process recommended that "scientists and research institutions should 
integrate into their curricula educational programs that foster faculty 
and student awareness of concerns related to the integrity of the 
research process."  In 1989, the Institute of Medicine report, The 
Responsible Conduct of Research in the Health Sciences, recommended 
that "universities should provide formal instruction in good research 
practices.  This instruction should not be limited to formal courses, 
but it should be incorporated into various places in the undergraduate 
and graduate curricula for all science students."

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