Research on Research Integrity

The primary purpose of this grant program is to foster innovative approaches to promoting integrity in research and preventing research misconduct.

Integrity is defined as the use of honest and verifiable methods in proposing, performing, and evaluating research and reporting research results

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with particular attention to adherence to rules, regulations, guidelines, and commonly accepted professional codes or norms.

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) seeks to support research and conferences designed explicitly to: (a) identify risk factors that make misconduct more likely; (b) create an evidence base for proactive interventions; and (c) build on lessons learned through previous research and the experiences of those who have been involved in guiding research misconduct proceedings.

Secondarily, this grant program seeks to support research to develop and test methods to better identify falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism.

The tools necessary for detecting misconduct need to be constantly upgraded, tested, verified, and made available to the research community.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: See the NIH RePorter tool to examine funded research grants and/or

Fiscal Year 2017: 2017 Estimate:$ 1,550,000 Conference: 200,000 (n=4) Phase I: 350,000 (n=3) Phase II: 1,000,000 (n=4).

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Program: Kathryn Partin, Ph.D. Director 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 750 Rockville, Maryland 20852 240-453-8400 Office of Grants Management: Roscoe Brunson 1101 Wootton Pkwy, #550 Rockville, MD 20852 240-453-8822

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Cape Town $ 46,282   2021-09-302022-09-29
Cal Poly Corporation $ 99,737   2021-09-302022-09-29
Syracuse University $ 93,983   2020-09-302022-09-29
University Of Notre Dame Du Lac $ 111,496   2019-08-012022-07-31
Texas A&m University System, The $ 144,571   2019-09-302021-09-29
Oklahoma State University $ 125,066   2019-09-302021-09-29
Arizona State University $ 109,209   2019-08-012021-07-31
Syracuse University $ 146,248   2019-08-012021-07-31
Syracuse University $ 32,787   2019-07-012021-06-30
University Of Florida $ 43,231   2019-07-012021-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Research project grants provide support for clearly defined projects by a named investigator in an area representing his/her specific interests and competencies.

Applicants are asked either to perform basic or applied research on research integrity, or deliver a conference or workshop on a relevant aspect of research integrity or preventing research misconduct Funds may also be used for the creation and testing of tools that can be used to identify research misconduct.


Funds may not be used for construction or renovation of buildings.

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR 75 and 45 CFR 92 as well as OMB Circular No.

A-102 (Administrative Guidelines for States and Local Governments), and OMB Circular A-110 (Administrative Guidelines for Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public, private or nonprofit agencies (including State and local government agencies) eligible Federal agencies, universities, colleges, hospitals and academic or research institutions may apply for research grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals and public, private, profit or nonprofit organizations.


Nonprofit organizations must provide evidence of tax-exempt status. When projects involve the collaborative efforts of more than one organization or require the use of services or facilities not under the direct control of the applicant, written assurances of specific support or agreements must be submitted by the affected parties. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Applications are submitted in response to specific announcements posted on All applications must be submitted using the Department of Health and Human Services Standard Form 424. Each announcement provides specific additional instructions regarding the contents of the narrative description of the project, budget justification, and other required information. Application packages should be accessed through the appropriate funding opportunity announcement, found on website ( Consultation on a proposed project may be obtained from the Division of Education and Integrity staff responsible for the research. Applications are reviewed by principally nonfederal consultants recruited nationwide from the research and research integrity fields. The amounts of the award and period of support are determined on the basis of merit of the project and the nature of the grant mechanism. Electronic applications are submitted through the website. All applications are evaluated for scientific and technical merit by a panel of independent experts who make recommendations for action to the Office of Research Integrity. After considering the recommendations of the panel, the Director of the Office of Research Integrity makes the final decision on the funding of applications. All applicants are notified in writing of actions taken on their applications.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Public Health and Welfare Act, 42 CFR 93.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Not Applicable.


Support is recommended for a specified project period, not in excess of five years. Prior to termination of a project period, the grantee may apply for renewal of support for a new project period. An application for renewal is processed as a new competing request.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are generally funded on a 12-month basis. Support beyond the first year is contingent upon acceptable evidence of satisfactory progress, continuing program relevance, and availability of funds. . See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Bank transfer. A formal notification in the form of a Notice of Award (NoA) will be provided to the applicant organization.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are required.

quarterly and annual programmatic reports describing progress, delays and next steps.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Quarterly SF425 Federal Financial Reports must be submitted to Payment Management Services 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

1) Interim progress reports annually as part of a non-competing application for previously recommended support; (2) terminal progress report within 90 days after end of project support.

Quarterly SF425 Federal Financial Reports must be submitted to the Office of Grants Management 30 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

An final FFR must be submitted 90 days after the end of the project period.

Reports are to be submitted electronically through GrantSolutions.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


HHS and the Comptroller General of the United States or any of their authorized representatives, shall have the right of access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of a grantee, subgrantee, contractor, or subcontractor, which are pertinent to the HHS grant, in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts. In accordance with 2 CFR 200.333, grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the end of a project period. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $1,113,008; FY 17 est $1,300,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - Past years and current year: $50,000 - $262,500.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$50,000 to $250,000 per year (direct and indirect costs).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Program: Kathryn Partin, Ph.D. Director 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 750 Rockville, Maryland 20852 240-453-8400 Office of Grants Management: Roscoe Brunson 1101 Wootton Pkwy, #550 Rockville, MD 20852 240-453-8822

Headquarters Office

Eric C. West Tower Building Suite 550, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: Phone: (240) 453-8822.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The following consideration will be used in determining projects to be funded: (1) Technical merit of the proposed project as determined by peer review; (2) Availability of funds; and (3) Relevance to program priorities.

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