N.I.H. to Scrutinize Private Donations to Scientific Research Projects: After halting a controversial alcohol study, officials will enforce new policies to ensure that private support does not compromise scientific integrity.
Six months after halting a study of moderate drinking that was underwritten by donations from the alcohol industry, the National Institutes of Health outlined a series of steps to prevent similar conflicts of interest and to safeguard the integrity of its research as well as its reputation.
In a report issued on Thursday, N.I.H. officials said they would scrutinize research projects that receive both government and private donor support to identify concerns of the type that compromised the impartiality of the alcohol trial.
“We have to do everything we can to ensure the integrity of the N.I.H. grants process and the quality of our research is above reproach, which means worrying about conflicts,” said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the N.I.H. [...]bioethics public health regulation research research funding research misconduct