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Learn about different forms of misconduct & who to contact.

Grant Scams

Scammers try to trick you into sending them money. No legitimate federal government employee would ever call you and tell you that you qualify or have been approved for a grant for which you never applied.

HHS Tips to Recognize and Avoid Grant Scams

Who to Contact:

Examples of whistleblower complaints, or fraud, waste, and abuse that should be reported include, but are not limited to, embezzlement, misuse, or misappropriation of grant funds or property, and false statements, whether by organizations or individuals.

Learn More about Federal Grants Requirements, Guidelines, and Resources

Research Misconduct

Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification and plagiarism, and does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

About Research Misconduct, Allegation Requirements, and Handling Process

Who to Contact:

NIH supports safe and respectful work environments that are free from harassment, including sexual harassment, discrimination, or other forms of inappropriate conduct that can result in a hostile work environment. Help is available from your local police department, your institution’s Equal Employment Opportunity or Human Resources office, the HHS Office for Civil Rights, and the NIH.

Supporting a Safe and Respectful Workplace

Foreign Interference

Foreign Interference is the failure to disclose all conflicts of interest, foreign affiliations, conflicts of commitment, and other support in applications for NIH grants.

Learn More About Foreign Interference

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Peer Review Integrity Violations

Maintaining confidentiality throughout the peer review process is essential to allow for the candid exchange of scientific opinions and evaluations; and to protect trade secrets, commercial or financial information, and information that is privileged or confidential. Every stakeholder and participant in the NIH peer review process shares responsibility in upholding peer review integrity.

Integrity and Confidentiality in NIH Peer Review