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Assessment of Independence


How can independence be assessed in the context of scientific research? 
 
There is probably no single measure of independence, but there is a set of indicators that, if most characterize an investigator, suggest that that investigator is independent. These include:
  • Laboratory space specifically dedicated to the investigator.
  • Independent publications by the investigator.
  • A faculty/staff appointment at the instructor or assistant professor level may or may not be considered an indicator of independence.
  • Extramural funding obtained by the investigator, particularly via national competition.
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