How NIH Can Help
NIH shares the concerns of institutions and investigators about the threats and intimidation they may face. As a first line of defense against incidents ranging from harassment and threats to break-ins and acts of domestic terrorism, NIH strongly encourages its grantees to:
If an incident occurs involving NIH-funded animal research, what should you do?
- Operate an impeccable program of animal care and use and maintain their animal research facilities in optimal conditions at all time.
- Review their research portfolios to determine what activities might be targeted.
- Make certain that their institutional security group develops relationships with local and state law enforcement before an event happens to ensure that responses to illegal activities are prompt and adequate.
- Develop a crisis management plan that:
- safeguards people, animals, and institutions;
- prepares the institution to respond with openness about the research being conducted; and
- educates employees on how to protect their families and their personal property.
- Immediately contact the appropriate officials at your institution (eg. your Institutional Official, laboratory veterinarian, security office, etc.)
- Immediately contact OLAW if the health or well-being of animals is jeopardized or harmed.
- Notify the program official(s) of the NIH funding component(s) of the incident.
What if incidents destroyed animals, research tools, and/or information repositories?