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What is Research Integrity

Research integrity includes:

  • the use of honest and verifiable methods in proposing, performing, and evaluating research
  • reporting research results with particular attention to adherence to rules, regulations, guidelines, and
  • following commonly accepted professional codes or norms.


convey information truthfully and honoring commitments

report findings precisely and take care to avoid errors

use resources wisely and avoid waste

let the facts speak for themselves and avoid improper bias

*STENECK, N. H. 2007. ORI - Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research Link to External SiteWashington D.C. , U.S. Government Printing Office, p.3


NIH expects everyone involved in research, including investigators, trainees, administrators and NIH staff, will promote research integrity in fulfillment of NIH's research mission.

Each NIH-funded institution is required to comply with Public Health Service Policies on Research Misconduct Link to External Site and to have a system in place for handling allegations of research misconduct.

NIH grants policy requires every NIH-supported trainee to receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. All NIH research training programs are required to consider including instruction in the following areas: conflict of interest, responsible authorship, policies for handling misconduct, data management, data sharing, and policies regarding the use of human and animal subjects.

This page last updated on November 29, 2018
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