Compliance Requirements under the Stimulus Act
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training required by NIH and NSF
The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training course is now required by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for all undergraduates, graduates and post-doctoral researchers working on an NSF grant with a proposal date of 1/4/2010 or later. The institution is responsible to document that this requirement is being met. The National Science Foundation's RCR Training FAQ link is provided for clarification of who this requirement affects.
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, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research (RCR).RCR training link.
Whistleblower Protection Under the Recovery Act
Section 1553 of Division A, Title XV of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, P.L. 111-5, provides protections for certain individuals who make specific disclosures about uses of Recovery Act funds.
Who is protected?
Employees of non-federal employers receiving Recovery funds, including:
What are whistleblowers protected from?
Being discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against as a reprisal for making a protected disclosure.
What kinds of disclosures are protected?
To be protected, the disclosure must be made by the employee to one of the following:
What must the disclosure include?
The disclosure must include evidence of one of the following:
Whistleblower Poster display required
All Recovery Act job sites must post signage ofWhistleblower protections. The sign may be downloaded from this government website. All Recovery Act job sites are encouraged to post signage of theRecovery Act Fraud Hotline
Fraud HotlinePoster (PDF 2.7 MB)