Recent studies have found that a substantial number of basic and preclinical published research results cannot be reproduced by other laboratories under the conditions described in the publications. This is not primarily attributed to intentional misrepresentation of data, but rather to inadequate awareness of or adherence to sufficiently high standards when designing, conducting, analyzing, and/or reporting studies. In addition, training in best practices in these areas has not always been adequate or consistent.
To address this national need, NCCAM, together with nine other NIH Institutes and Centers, has launched a funding opportunity announcement (FOA), Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility (RFA-GM-15-006), led by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.
The goal of this FOA is to help researchers generate reproducible, unbiased, and properly validated results by designing, developing, and implementing exportable training modules for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and beginning investigators. NCCAM will consider applications that fit with the Center’s mission, research priorities, and strategic plan. A list of FAQs on this FOA is available. Letters of Intent are due October 20, 2014, and applications on November 20, 2014.