Purpose: The NIH strives to exemplify and promote the highest level of scientific integrity, public accountability, and social responsibility in the conduct of science. To this end, the NIH works with recipient institutions and the HHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) to maintain the integrity of NIH-funded research. This notice reminds recipient institutions of their responsibilities in handling suspected or confirmed research misconduct in NIH-funded research. This notice also clarifies the requirement for recipient and subrecipient institutions, foreign or domestic, to hold assurances with ORI and outlines procedures for recipient institutions to communicate matters related to research misconduct proceedings to the NIH and ORI.
Dated August 30, 2018, this letter replaces the November 2002 version. The letter is sent by NSF OIG in cases involving allegations of research misconduct under NSF purview. The letter explains NSF procedures as per the NSF Research Misconduct regulation (45 C.F.R. part 689).