Responsibilities of Recipient Institutions in Communicating Research Misconduct to the NIH

Monday, November 5, 2018A reminder that if a recipient institution initiates a research misconduct investigation, it must take any necessary steps to:
  • protect the scientific integrity of the project;
  • protect human participants, live vertebrate animals and the environment;
  • ensure the proper expenditure of funds and, if appropriate, continuation of the project during the investigation; and
  • provide reports to the HHS Office of Research Integrity
 
Importantly, when a recipient institution finds, learns, or suspects that falsified, fabricated, or plagiarized information has affected the integrity of NIH-supported research, the institution must immediately provide information on the affected research to the NIH Office of Extramural Research – Research Integrity. The recipient institution must also work with NIH IC staff to assess any effects of the allegation or finding on the ability to continue the project, as originally approved by NIH. See NOT-OD-19-020.