- New Training Requirements for NSF Grant Applicants- Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): Each institution applying for financial assistance from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for science and engineering research as well as education is subject to a new training requirement. The new requirement is pursuant to Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (America COMPETES) Act, which states that ‘‘each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.” The requirements are in two sections of Title VII which authorizes NSF funding: Section 7008 – Postdoctoral research fellows, and Section 7009 – Responsible conduct of research. For more information, go to http://science.house.gov/. General Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training resources, including training on ethics, are accessible at http://ori.dhhs.gov/education/products/rcr_general.shtml.
The CITI Course in the Responsible Conduct of Research can be accessed here:
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