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NIH prepares to introduce ‘rigor’ requirement

Applicants for National Institutes of Health funding will soon be required to demonstrate they fulfill certain measures of scientific rigor, and the agency wants to make sure researchers are ready.

From 25 January, applications for most grant schemes will have to address four criteria: a solid scientific basis; a study design that can produce valid and reproducible results; accounting for biological variables like sex; and ensuring that chemicals and biological resources used are what they say they are.

The NIH encouraged applicants to look at its extramural research website for more advice on meeting the standards. It also noted that the requirements would be delayed for some institutional training and career development grants, as well as individual fellowships.

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