[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 159 (Thursday, August 16, 2018)]
[Page 40774]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-17615]



Office of the Secretary

Opportunity to Co-Sponsor Office of Research Integrity Workshops

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) announces the 
opportunity for non-federal public and private sector entities to co-
sponsor ORI conferences or workshops (ORI Workshops). Potential co-
sponsors must have a demonstrated interest and experience in the 
responsible conduct of research (RCR) or the handling of research 
misconduct allegations. Potential co-sponsors must be willing to 
participate substantively in the co-sponsored activity.
    Expressions of interest for co-sponsorships of ORI Workshops are 
received throughout the year at the email address below. ORI co-
sponsors a limited number of workshops with other entities each year. 
Expressions of interest are being received for ORI Workshops that will 
take place in the next fiscal year (October 2018 through September 
2019) or beyond.
    Expressions of interest for co-sponsorships should be sent by email 
to [email protected] with ``Co-sponsorship for ORI Workshops'' in the 
subject field or by mail to ORI at 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 750, 
Rockville, MD 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Tracey Randolph, Program Analyst, 
Office of Research Integrity, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 750, 
Rockville, MD 20852, (240) 453-8200.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ORI oversees and directs U.S. Public Health 
Service (PHS) research integrity activities on behalf of the Secretary 
of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), with the 
exception of the regulatory research integrity activities of the Food 
and Drug Administration. ORI is a program office within the Office of 
the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, HHS.
    ORI's Division of Education and Integrity (DEI) has among its 
duties the responsibility to develop and implement activities and 
programs to teach RCR and train Research Integrity Officers (RIOs) as 
well as others that are involved in research integrity, such as 
Institutional Officials (IOs) and institutional counsel.
    Consistent with ORI's mission and the applicable statutory 
authority, 42 U.S.C. 289b, ORI Workshops aim to provide clarification 
and technical information on the HHS regulations for handling research 
misconduct allegations and on education in RCR to foster integrity in 
research. ORI Workshops are moderately sized, convening over one to 
three days, and typically accepting between 20 and 50 attendees.
    Co-sponsors will assist with workshop and agenda development, 
coordination, financial management, and meeting logistics in 
conjunction with ORI staff.
    Co-sponsors can charge registration fees to recover costs 
associated with the events; however, co-sponsors may not set 
registration fees at an amount higher than necessary to recover related 
event expenses. Further, co-sponsors are solely responsible for 
collecting and handling any registration fees collected.
    Eligibility for Co-Sponsorship: The co-sponsoring entity must have 
a demonstrated interest and experience in the RCR or the handling of 
research misconduct allegations. The co-sponsoring entity must 
participate substantively in the co-sponsored activity, not just 
provide funding or logistical support.
    Each co-sponsorship expression of interest shall describe: (1) The 
entity's interest and goals in promoting research integrity or the RCR, 
(2) the entity's prior experience and current readiness to undertake 
the responsibilities described above, (3) the type of event(s) that the 
entity is interested in co-sponsoring with ORI, (4) facilities 
available for the event(s), and (5) any current constraints with 
respect to dates or facilities. The type of event may be an event from 
ORI's regular program of recurring events (e.g., RCR Instructor's 
Workshop) or a special topic of mutual interest to be developed 
jointly. The expression of interest should be a bulleted outline, no 
more than two pages in length, single-spaced, and 11-point font. An 
entity may submit an expression of interest individually or jointly 
with other entities describing their relative contributions.
    Evaluation Criteria: After engaging in exploratory discussions with 
potential co-sponsors that respond to this notice, the following 
considerations will be used by HHS officials, as appropriate and 
relevant, to select the co-sponsor(s):

 Qualifications and capability to fulfill co-sponsorship 
 suitability of the location of the proposed event in terms of 
the overall geographical distribution of ORI events
 potential for reaching, generating, and engaging adequate 
number of attendees from stakeholders
 availability and description of facilities needed to support 
the workshop
 availability of administrative support for the logistics of 
hosting such workshops

    The selected co-sponsoring organization(s) shall furnish the 
necessary personnel, materials, services, and facilities to administer 
its responsibility for the workshop. These duties will be outlined in a 
co-sponsorship agreement with ORI that will set forth the details of 
the co-sponsored activity, including the requirements that any fees 
collected by the co-sponsor shall be limited to the amount necessary to 
cover the co-sponsor's related event expenses. This co-sponsorship 
agreement does not represent an endorsement by ORI of an individual co-
sponsor's policies, positions, or activities. Additionally, this 
agreement will not affect any determination concerning activities by 
the co-sponsors that are regulated by ORI.

    Dated: August 9, 2018.
Scott J. Moore,
Deputy Director, Office of Research Integrity.
[FR Doc. 2018-17615 Filed 8-15-18; 8:45 am]