Research Misconduct

NIFA requires that all awardees adhere to the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. This policy and its requirements can be found on the Federal Office of Science and Technology Policy website.

Reporting an Allegation

Anyone who suspects that researchers or research institutions performing federally-funded research may have engaged in research misconduct is encouraged to make a formal allegation of research misconduct to the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Suspected research misconduct may be reported to OIG using any of the following methods:

Via the OIG Hotline:


(202) 690-1622 
(800) 424-9121 
(202) 690-1202 (TDD)


U.S. Mail:

United States Department of Agriculture 
Office of Inspector General 
P.O. Box 23300 
Washington, DC 20026-3399

Required Information when Making an Allegation:

To the extent known, the following details should be included in any formal allegations made to the OIG:

  • The names of involved individuals and research projects
  • Sources of funding
  • Important dates
  • Any documentation that bears upon the allegation
  • Any other potentially relevant information.

The following individual is designated as the NIFA Agency Research Integrity Officer and is the NIFA research misconduct representative:

Effie Baldwin, M.A.
Agency Research Integrity Officer (ARIO) and Management Resource Officer
Institute of Food Production and Sustainability 
Phone: 202-401-4891 

For U.S. Mail: 
USDA-NIFA, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
Stop 2240 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, DC 20250

For Hand Delivery: 
USDA-NIFA, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability
Room 3444 Waterfront Centre 
800 9th Street, SW 
Washington, DC 20024