Statement on Classified Research

BU will not conduct any secret or classified research in the NEIDL. To the contrary, the public will have access to information about any and all research before it even begins through several channels. For example, community representatives are invited to sit on certain committees, such as the Institutional Biosafety Committee, through which all research requests must pass for review and approval. The minutes of those meetings are posted online and available to the public.

Both BU and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), whose grants underwrite research at the NEIDL, strongly believe in the importance of transparency in research as well as the broad dissemination of research findings. As an academic institution, BU’s core mission is to broadly share whatever knowledge its researchers uncover with the world at large—and that extends to research in the NEIDL, where scientists search for ways to detect, prevent, or cure emerging infectious diseases.