NINDS Office of Research Quality

NINDS Office of Research Quality

Experimental and analytical rigor, measures to reduce bias, and transparency of reporting are the foundations for quality scientific research. Attention to principles of good study design and transparent reporting are essential to enable the scientific community as well as the community at large to assess the value of scientific findings. This is also important for peer reviewers to properly advise NINDS on grant applications. Recently NINDS and NIH have been promoting efforts to improve transparency in scientific reporting, including the formation of the NINDS Office of Research Quality. Please visit the resources referenced below or contact us for more information.

Rigor Champions and Resources

NINDS held a workshop on how better to instill the principles of rigorous research in October 2018 that brought together subject matter experts capable of evaluating current educational practices. In light of this meeting, NINDS now calls for interested members of the scientific community to identify themselves as champions for scientific rigor. Please visit the new Rigor Champions and Resources page for more information.

Funding Opportunities

NINDS also has Notices of Intent to Publish Funding Opportunity Announcements available for a new initiative to build an educational resource on the principles of rigorous research. Creating an Educational Nexus for Training in Experimental Rigor (CENTER) will build, evaluate, and disseminate a user-friendly, harmonized, and openly accessible educational resource to promote awareness, understanding, and utilization of the principles of rigorous research. Materials to Enhance Training in Experimental Rigor (METER) will support the compilation and refinement of educational materials that will be incorporated into this new resource. Stay tuned for the Funding Opportunity Announcments that should be released in summer 2021.

NINDS Presentations about Rigor and Transparency

Rigor and Transparency in Research

In November 2020, Dr. Devon Crawford discussed rigor and transparency issues in the context of the virtual NINDS Metabolism-based Therapies for Epilepsy Workshop.

When Rigor Goes Wrong

On March 16, 2018, Dr. Shai Silberberg discussed some of the major rigor and transparency issues in biomedical research at a workshop for NINDS R25 grant recipients and trainees.

NINDS Historical Perspective on Research Rigor

Dr. Shai Silberberg presented a historical perspective of NINDS's involvement in the NIH rigor and transparency efforts as of September 2015. This 15-minute presentation was part of a larger NIH workshop on Reproducibility in Cell Culture Studies.



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