NIH Proposes New Funding Rules to Prevent Conflicts of Interest

The U.S. National Institutes of Health have proposed new guidelines intended to prevent financial conflicts of interest among researchers who receive federal funding.

This move has long been sought by those concerned about the influence of the drug industry.  The new guidelines will affect more than 40,000 researchers.

The Washington Post reports:

“Among other changes, the new guidelines will reduce from $10,000 to $5,000 the minimum payment that researchers will be required to report and mandate that universities, colleges, research institutes, businesses and other entities that employ researchers who receive NIH funding monitor compliance”.

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