The mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. For more than 3 decades, NIDA has been a leading federal agency supporting research to prevent and control tobacco use and addiction. As a steward of federal funds intended to promote the nation's public health, NIDA must ensure the integrity of the science it supports. This includes actual and perceived conflicts of interest that may compromise NIDA's scientific and public health mission.
The mission of the tobacco industry is not consistent with the public health mission of NIDA. Therefore, NIDA IRP investigators cannot collaborate with extramural investigators if:
- The collaborative project is funded, entirely or in part, with tobacco industry money
- The extramural investigator or any member of the project team receives any salary support from the tobacco industry.
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