Responsible Conduct of Research

Training Requirements

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires responsible conduct of research (RCR) training for all undergraduates, graduates, and post-doctoral fellows who conduct research supported by NSF funds. All institutions submitting applications must certify at the time of submission that plans are in place to provide appropriate training and oversight of the RCR training.

Similarly, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, or dissertation research grant must receive RCR training. Updates to the NIH requirements have clarified that this requirement also applies to new faculty, mid-career faculty, and senior faculty. Plans to meet the RCR requirements must be specified in the proposal application.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) considers education in RCR as essential in the preparation of future scientists. By accepting a NIFA award, the grantee assures that program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research and that documentation of such training will be maintained.

More Information

More information about responsible conduct of research is available on the website of the Office of the Vice President for Research and in the Policy Library.