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IU Bloomington: Sloan Foundation Grant to Fund Rigor, Reproducibility, and Transparency Project

The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a workshop and yearlong process titled Rigor, Reproducibility, and Transparency (RRT) at the Interdisciplinary Interface. The application was prepared by Dean David Allison, Mr.  Justin Otten, and Dr. Andrew Brown from within the SPH and includes multiple IU Bloomington collaborators from beyond the SPH. The workshop will initiate a one-year process to identify priorities and infrastructure needs for a coordinated, interdisciplinary set of research and research training activities on promoting RRT in science. The goal is that the workshop and process will improve the understanding and implementation of RRT and position IU to pursue the most informative and needed work in this area.

The workshop will be held May 22-24, 2019, on the IU Bloomington campus, and will identify priorities for an interdisciplinary set of research and research training activities on promoting RRT in science writ large. During the workshop, experts from around the country will speak, consult, and plan on the topic of RRT. The event will act as a catalyst for establishing the infrastructure needed to pursue the priorities identified.

The workshop objectives are driven by the growing interdisciplinary nature of research, the complexity of the data, computational demands, the ability to detect errors in published literature, and other pressures on scientists. By allowing a community of scholars to focus on the potential improvements in research RRT, the workshop will translate into clearer research aims and proposals leading to improved research and greater fidelity of research communication.