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NIH Policies and Procedures for Promoting Scientific Integrity

Posted Jan 03, 2013

Ensuring the integrity of science and science-based policymaking is at the heart of everything NIH does in fulfilling its mission. NIH strongly supports appropriate degrees of transparency in the preparation and identification of the scientific and technological information that it uses for policymaking. NIH’s goal is to maintain integrity in the conduct of the science that the public funds and to assure the public of the credibility of our scientific findings.

In addition to the requirements of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Federal-wide requirements, NIH has numerous policies and procedures in place to help ensure and optimize scientific integrity in both the Intramural and Extramural Research Programs. NIH also serves as a policymaking institution for its own research. Aside from internal policymaking, NIH participates in a wide range of trans-Federal policy development in areas such as clinical research, biotechnology, and biosecurity.

The primary purpose of this document is to make more readily available to the public the policies that NIH follows to help ensure the highest degree of scientific integrity in the research we conduct and fund and in the policies we make.

The document can be found at