Do you have research funded by NSF? Will undergraduates, graduates, or post-docs be involved in the research? Do you have an NIH training grant?
The RCR training course is required by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for all those working on an NSF grant as of January 4, 2010. This requirement only includes undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs working on research funded by NSF. The NSF published a Q&A document regarding this policy.
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. This policy became effective for all new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010. This link provides the agency documentation on this NIH requirement for instruction in RCR.
The University of Alaska Anchorage promotes Responsible Conduct of Research enforcing high standards of ethics and accountability in planning, implementation, behavior and information dissemination. UAA provides a CITI Course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), a comprehensive basic course in RCR for all UAA faculty, staff, research administrators and students involved in any aspect of research.
NSF and NIH Training Requirements
The CITI course fulfills the NSF requirement for RCR training. However, receipt of online RCR training alone may not be sufficient to meet NIH RCR training requirements, which depends upon the type of person being trained and whether other training options (e.g., mentoring, classroom training, lectures) should be utilized.
Access to CITI
CITI can be accessed here: http://www.citiprogram.org.
Overview of RCR Training
The basic RCR course includes the following topics:
The other RCR options include:
The course is flexible enough that classroom instructors of research methods courses can use this online tutorial as an addition to class instruction. Research students, staff and faculty are encouraged to complete the CITI Course in the Responsible Conduct of Research and other RCR training options in the area of specific interest or expertise.