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U.S.Government Statutes, Regulations and Policies

bullet Office of Research Integrity (ORI): Policies and Regulations - The statutes and regulations section covers the statutory authority for DHHS ORI, the handling of research misconduct allegations, debarments, the protection of whistleblowers employed by the Federal government, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act requests. The ORI Policies page features model policies and procedures for responding to allegations of research misconduct, a working definition of plagiarism, responses to issues arising from inquiries and investigations, guidelines for responding to retaliation complaints from complainants, and a link to the legal concerns page.

bullet NIH Policy on Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research

bullet A Guide to Training and Mentoring within the NIH Research Program - This site  provides polcies for NIH intramural scientists with respect to scientific responsibility, supervision and mentoring, and other topics.

bullet Standards for Clinical Research Within the NIH Intramural Training Program - Some essential principles and processes for the conduct of clinical research in the intramural research programs of the National Institutes of Health

bullet NIH Policy on Sharing Research Data - This site includes the final data sharing policy and its implementation plan as well as background information, frequently asked questions and links to other resource sharing policies.  
bullet NIH Policy for Sharing Research Resources-   Site provides policies and guidelines for sharing research tools, inventions and other resources.

bullet NIH Policy for Sharing Mouse Resources - Frequently asked questions about the NIH Policy.

bullet NHLBI Data Sharing Policies and Resources

bullet NIH Public Access - A website with information about the NIH policy on enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from NIH-funded research. (2005).

bullet Guidelines for Responsible Conduct of Research: University of Pittsburgh – This document is directed at maintaining integrity in research. It addresses plagiarism, misuse of privileged information, data use, ownership, access, storage and retention; authorship and publication issues, conflict of interest responsibilities of investigators and funding agencies, and human and animal welfare.  Useful links are embedded in the document.

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Educational Resources

bullet The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) - This DHHS site includes responsible conduct (RCR) resources, including on-line courses, publications, video scenarios, books, articles and statutes, regulations and guidelines.

bullet ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research - An on-line updated edition of a book authored by N. Steneck that provides a basic course in research integrity with case studies.

bullet Integrity in Scientific Research: Creating and Environment that Promotes Responsible Conduct - National Academy Press, Washington D.C., 2002.

bullet On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research - National Academy Press, Washington D.C., 1995.

bullet Responsible Conduct of Research Education Consortium (RCREC) - A non-profit, non-governmental consortium of institutions and organizations. These resources were generated in part by the Responsible Conduct of Research Education Committee (RCREC) and are available without cost to the research community:
Columbia University RCR Course
Online Resource for RCR Instructors
Current Resources for RCR Education (PowerPoint presentation)

bullet Teaching Research Ethics - An annual workshop sponsored by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions at Indiana University.

bullet Research Responsibility Program, University of Michigan - Links to archived information on responsibility in the conduct and administration of research meant to serve as a springboard for local discussions.

bullet PEERRS/Research Responsibility Program - A web-based curriculum for faculty, staff and students that leads to certification in responsible conduct of research. Modules include core material, cases with questions and resource lists. Links to workshops, events, and archived resources and bibliography.

bullet Survival Skills and Ethics Program, University of Pittsburgh - A series of one-day intensive workshops. Discussions of responsible conduct are integrated into the instruction, as are issues of particular relevance to minorities and women. Manuals and Handouts are available.

bullet Columbia University Office for Responsible Conduct of Research - Site includes links to tutorials, case studies, news and other resources./

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bullet The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) - of the Department of Health and Human Services. Site includes responsible conduct (RCR) resources, including on-line courses, publications, video scenarios, books, articles and regulations and guidelines.

bullet Related Non-Federal Organizations – the organizations listed provide resources and/or educational materials on research integrity. They may comment on policy guidance  or develop policies for the responsible conduct of research.
 American Assn. for the Advancement of Science
 Association of American Medical Colleges
 Association of American Universities
 Council on Government Relations
 Council of Graduate Schools
 Council on Undergraduate Research
 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
 Howard Hughes Medical Institute
 National Council of University Research Administrators
 National Postdoctoral Association
 RCR Education Consortium - RCREC
 Society of Research Administrators International

bullet Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R) - A national organization dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary forum for addressing biomedical and bioethical issues.  PRIM&R holds national meetings on human subject protections and animal issues.

bullet Responsible Conduct of Research Educational Consortium (RCREC) - RCREC works with the research community to identify, develop, and promote eductional programs in the responsible conduct of research.

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Last updated: 02/21/08