Announcement of 2015 National Biosafety Stewardship Month


Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you today to announce that NIH has declared October 2015 to be National Biosafety Stewardship Month (NBSM).  As many of you will remember from last year, the purpose of National Biosafety Stewardship Month is to reinforce attention towards current biosafety practices, policies, and procedures.  In the past year, I was fortunate to have seen many of the impressive and creative ways institutions responded to NBSM.  NIH once again encourages all institutions to participate in this year’s NBSM.  More information about the goals of NBSM are included in the attached memoranda. 

In a fortuitous bit of timing, NBSM will coincide with the annual meeting of the American Biological Safety Association.  NIH staff will be on hand at the meeting to provide educational materials and discuss any questions you may have about NBSM.  It should also be noted that while October 2015 has been declared NBSM, we do not mean this to limit your activities only to the month of October.  Many of the goals of NBSM are fundamental activities to carry out throughout the year.      

 The safe conduct of the research we fund is of paramount importance to NIH.  By refocusing your efforts on the biosafety aspects of your program, you can help ensure that vitally important research is conducted safely and in a transparent manner.

A set of FAQs on NBSM have been developed and is available on the OSP website.   Additionally, a notice of NBSM has been published in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts.  Questions about NBSM can be directed to my staff at the NIH Office of Science Policy,

Thank you again for all your efforts and your cooperation in this exciting event!

Carrie D. Wolinetz, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Science Policy

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

(301) 496-9838

Please follow on Twitter: @CWolinetzNIH

Published: Friday, October 2, 2015

Last Updated: Friday, March 9, 2018

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