Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is mandated by a new National Science Foundation ruling. Effective January 4, 2010, Sponsored Programs must certify on every proposal submission to NSF that an RCR training program is in place, to be completed by undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows who are working on NSF-awarded projects.
Sponsored Programs has implemented this online NSF-required RCR training program through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Kent State University is a participating institution in CITI, the organization providing the training modules.
The CITI course for RCR was partially funded by the Office of Research Integrity and DHHS and has been designed to meet Federal requirements for formal training in the responsible conduct of research. Instruction is tailored to discipline-specific areas including the Biomedical, Social and Behavioral, and Physical Sciences and Engineering. The course is now available at https://www.citiprogram.org. Upon successful completion of the selected module, trainees will receive a printable certificate.
The CITI RCR Course addresses the following topics:
· Research Misconduct
· Data Acquisition and Management
· Responsible Authorship
· Peer Review
· Conflicts of Interest
· Collaborative Research
For those required to complete training, Sponsored Programs has issued instructions on how to register for and navigate CITI training here. Sponsored Programs will print versions of available course materials; however, trainees must access the course site online to complete the required quiz and, thereby, obtain certification.
NSF is modifying its standard award conditions to clearly stipulate that institutions are responsible for verifying that the undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supported by NSF to conduct research have received RCR training. To comply with the NSF award conditions, Sponsored Programs will halt use of NSF grant funds for any positions on which training is required if, after six months, Sponsored Programs has not received proof that NSF-supported students and/or postdoctoral fellows have not completed the required Responsible Conduct for Research training.
Click below to access the federal announcement for this requirement:
NSF Announcement with Information on Proposed RCR Implementation Plan