Pilot Data in NIH Grant

TitlePilot Data in NIH Grant
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsRussell, B
Corporate AuthorsWomen in Science & Engineering System Transformation, University of Illinois at Chicago,
Date Published10/2007
PublisherWomen in Science & Engineering System Transformation, University of Illinois at Chicago
Keywordsresearch , SCIENCE , scientific integrity , whistleblowing
AbstractJim Wang is a second year graduate student who started working in the lab of Dr. Susan Cole in 2005. Dr. Cole is an Assistant Professor who is trying to get tenure, and has been told by the department chair that she needs to get funding in 18 months or else he could not support her tenure application. Dr. Cole has submitted a grant to NIH, but it was not funded. She is now planning on resubmitting the grant. Jim has worked on project which Dr. Cole hopes to get funded by NIH, but is having problems getting the pilot data needed for the grant. The morning before the grant application is due, Jim discovers that Dr. Cole has claimed that the experiments that he had been struggling with have actually worked, when he knows he has not had any success. What should he do?
NotesCase from the presentation "Research Integrity" by Professor Brenda Russell, Research Standards Office of UIC, during the October 2007 Post-Doc Institute hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago's Women in Science & Engineering System Transformation (WISEST).
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