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NSF Releases Toolkit to Help Defend Research Integrity


On 16 November, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the release of the Safeguarding Science toolkit, which provides science and engineering researchers with a single location to access security best practices from across government and academia, including tools tailored to their individual needs.

According to NSF, the toolkit will promote a robust and resilient U.S. research ecosystem that emphasizes integrity, collaboration, openness and security, all of which facilitate innovation.

The Toolkit was the product of a unique collaboration between U.S. government and academic stakeholders to aid researchers facing a broad spectrum of risks to research integrity and security. Key partners include the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Transportation and its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the American Association of Universities.

“The Safeguarding Science toolkit provides a framework for researchers to openly collaborate while establishing protections that keep theft, misuse and other threats at bay,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. “This toolkit demonstrates NSF’s commitment to partnership with the research community and U.S. government science and intelligence agencies to share information, best practices and tools to address risks and promote international collaboration to ensure a thriving research ecosystem.”

For more information and to access the toolkit, go to:


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