ORI is prepared to provide technical assistance to any institution that is responding to an allegation of research misconduct through its Rapid Response for Technical Assistance (RRTA) program to facilitate high quality and well-documented investigations and help resolve research misconduct cases promptly.
Examples of technical assistance available from ORI are:
Some particularly challenging issues are voluminous or missing evidence, multi-center sites, involvement of outside parties, and premature admissions.
ORI staff may provide advice on the telephone, arrange a conference call, or travel on-site. If an institution requests on-site assistance, ORI may provide expertise very quickly with an array of materials and tools to assist the institution tailored to the specific requirements of the case.
In addition, informal discussions may be held with scientist/investigators concerning allegations of research misconduct or the handling of cases by calling the Division of Investigative Oversight at (240) 453-8800. Calls may be made anonymously.
» Problem Areas in Processing Research Misconduct Allegations
» Assessing Research Misconduct Allegations Involving Clinical Research
» ORI Sample Policy and Procedures for Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct
» ORI Guidelines for Institutions and Whistleblowers: Responding to Possible Retaliation against Whistleblowers in Extramural Research - Being revised to comply with 42 C.F.R. 93
» Tips for Sequestration of Physical Evidence in Research Misconduct Cases
» Tips for Handling Physical Evidence in Research Misconduct Cases
» Image Processing Useful in Research Misconduct Investigations
» Publication Order Form (PDF)