The National Science Foundation established a responsible conduct of research (RCR) training requirement effective January 4, 2010. The requirement states that an institution’s Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must certify on each proposal submitted to NSF that it “has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research.”
Chapman University follows the plan outlined below for all NSF AWARDS from proposals submitted on or after January 4, 2010:
The Office of Research:
- Provides Principal Investigators access to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) modules at: www.citiprogram.org/. Principal Investigators will be asked to choose the RCR module most relevant to their NSF sponsored research. Each module contains information and short quizzes on the areas identified by the Office of Science and Technology Policy as embodying the Responsible Conduct of Research: Authorship, Data Management, Mentoring, Peer Review, and Research Misconduct. Reviewing the instructional material and taking the quizzes can take up to 30 minutes for each area. The CITI-recommended passing grade for the module is 80%.
- Notifies all Principal Investigators at the award hand off meeting that they must maintain an updated list of all undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers performing research supported by those awards for the purpose of assuring that they receive RCR training. This listing applies to such personnel, whether paid or not, receiving credit or acting as volunteers working on the project.
- Maintains records showing compliance with this requirement.
Principal Investigators of NSF awards will:
- Require that all students and post-doctoral researchers who perform research on the NSF award log into the CITI website and take the RCR training module within the timeframe specified by NSF. Each student/postdoctoral researcher must complete all instructional areas in the CITI module with a total passing grade of 80% or better in order to generate and print a certificate of completion.
- Provide the Office of Research with a list of students and post-doctoral researchers each semester and summer session (Orange campus) or trimester (Rinker campus) that are working on supported NSF research. Changes that occur outside of these standard periods should be communicated to firstname.lastname@example.org.