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USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Responsible Conduct of Research Training Requirement

NIFA Requirement

The National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requires that grantee assures that programs directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in a NIFA research project, including capacity (formula) funds receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) and that documentation of such training will be maintained.

This requirement is a part of the NIFA Grant Agreement Terms and Conditions.

UVM's Plan for Meeting the NIFA RCR Requirement - Revised in December 2017

UVM will require all Principal Investigators, faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff who are paid (salary or stipend) from a NIFA funded research project awarded to UVM directly or as a subrecipient, to complete the RCR Basic Training Course provided through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

The CITI Basic RCR Course is on-line, available to UVM and covers all essential RCR topics.

The training should be completed as soon as possible and must be completed within the first 3 months on the project.

RCR Training needs only to occur one time to be valid and recognized for satisfying both the NIFA and the NSF RCR Training Requirement.

RCR Notifications:

Principal Investigators, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff paid from a NIFA funded research project awarded to UVM directly or as a subrecipient, will be sent an email from Research Integrity with a cc to the Principal Investigator, instructing them how to log into CITI and complete the RCR Training.

Research Integrity will follow up with those that require the RCR Training on a regular basis until the training is complete.  

Research Integrity will ask Principal Investigators for help with contacting anyone who is delinquent in taking the RCR Training.

Principal Investigators are encouraged to inform their grant funded personnel about the RCR Training requirement is a compliance issue and is an important part of their training as scientists.

Navigation to CITI:

Registration Instructions for those who do not have a UVM CITI Account
  1. Open your browser and go to the CITI Login page
  2. Click on "Log In" which is located at the top right of the CITI page.
  3. Then, click "Log In Through My Institution" to view the organizations listed to use "Single Sign On" (SSO) for CITI Program access, scroll down to click on "University of Vermont" and use your UVM Net ID and password to sign in.
  4. If you haven't associated your UVM account with CITI, you will be prompted to choose whether you already have a CITI Program account or if you don't have a CITI Program account.  If you have set up a CITI account in the past, choose the first option and follow the instructions to link your UVM account.  Otherwise, choose the second option and select "Click here to create a new CITI Program account." If you do not receive these prompts, then proceed to step 5.
  5. From the Main Menu, select "University of Vermont Courses."
  6. Then, select "Add a Course."
  7. Choose "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) - Basic."
CITI Login for those who are already registered for a UVM CITI Account

Users may save their work and return to CITI at any time to complete the training.  When you do return to CITI always use the the command "Log in through my Institution." This avoids creating multiple CITI accounts and having to restart the training.

  1. Go to the CITI Login page: Choose to "Log in through my Institution" and scroll down to click on the link for the University of Vermont.  Supply your UVM NetID and Password (if necessary) and log ion.
  2. From the Main Menu, select "University of Vermont Courses."
  3. Continue completing any unfinished RCR Basic course work   

NOTE: DO NOT CHOOSE "Responsible Conduct of Research - Refresher".  It will NOT satisfy the requirement.

If you have any questions, you may contact Nicole Schwartz, RCR Coordinator ( or 656-7863)

Updated 12-14-2017

Last modified December 14 2017 08:57 AM

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