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Amid fears of idea theft, NIH targets foreign funding links

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Science  31 Aug 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6405, pp. 834
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6405.834

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Fears that foreign governments are tapping U.S.-funded research for valuable information have reached the nation's largest research funder, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Last week, NIH sent a letter to more than 10,000 research institutions, urging them to ensure that NIH grantees are properly reporting their foreign ties. The agency also said it is investigating about a half-dozen cases in which NIH-funded investigators may have broken reporting rules, and it reminded researchers who review grant applications that they should not share proposal information with outsiders. At a Senate committee hearing on NIH oversight last week, NIH Director Francis Collins said risks to the integrity of biomedical research are increasing. He announced a new advisory group to help the agency tighten procedures.