NIH and the push for better science

Science is vital and it is also big business.  In the U.S., one of the biggest founders of scientific research is the National Institute of Health (NIH).  As the NIH writes the checks, you can imagine that it finds the reproducibility crisis to be very troubling.  To help fix these problems, the NIH has launched a new initiative to increase the rigor and reproducibility of the research it funds.   Readers of ITNS will find many of the NIH recommendations familiar; they include data sharing, full disclosure of exclusions, better planning for sample sizes, and more.  You can check out the initiative here, including some nice videos the NIH made to explain some important research practices:



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