Helmsley Announces Operational Support for Center for Scientific Integrity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York, NY—The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Biomedical Research Infrastructure Program today announced a $130,000 grant for the Center for Scientific Integrity to expand its capacity to support transparency and credibility issues in scientific publishing.

The work of the Center, and Retraction Watch in particular, is paramount to improving efficiency and transparency in biomedical research.

Betsy Fader, Biomedical Research Infrastructure Program Director

The Center for Scientific Integrity is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote transparency and integrity in scientific publishing by disseminating best practices and increasing efficiency through initiatives such as Retraction Watch – a free database of retractions, expressions of concern and related publishing events.

Retraction Watch was developed in 2010 to better understand the reasons for retracted papers and the lack of visibility into issues associated with published research. 

“We are extremely pleased to offer support to the Center for Scientific Integrity to help them develop a plan for their long-term operations and sustainability. The work of the Center, and Retraction Watch in particular, is paramount to improving efficiency and transparency in biomedical research – which is a key objective of our program,” said Betsy Fader, Director of the Trust’s Biomedical Research Infrastructure Program. 

The 12-month grant from the Trust will provide support for the Center to work with a consultant to develop operational and sustainability plans. This support with help the Center assess the current unmet needs within the realm of scientific integrity, develop a business plan that targets those unmet needs, explore opportunities for growth and ultimately reduce reliance on philanthropic support by generating revenue for expanded operations.

The grant also provides funding for part-time salaries for the Center’s co-founders, Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky, who have been developing and overseeing Retraction Watch on a volunteer basis for more than five years. 

About the Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in health, place-based initiatives, and education and human services. Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $1.5 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. The Trust’s Biomedical Research Infrastructure Program seeks to lower barriers for biomedical discovery through the development of research tools, training and collaborative platforms that improve the quality and reproducibility of preclinical research.

About the Center for Scientific Integrity

The mission of the Center for Scientific Integrity, the parent organization of Retraction Watch, is to promote transparency and integrity in science and scientific publishing, and to disseminate best practices and increase efficiency in science. Retraction Watch has been called "one of the best innovations in science in recent years" by a former editor of the BMJ, and is read by 150,000 unique visitors each month. 

Contact

Laura Fahey, 212-953-2814, lfahey@helmsleytrust.org