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National Science Foundation (NSF)
Responsible Conduct of Research Training Requirement

For Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

NSF Requirement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires that institutions have a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who are paid to conduct research from NSF grants awarded to UVM directly or as a subrecipient.  This is stipulated in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.

UVM's Plan for Meeting the NSF Requirement - Revised August 24, 2017 and updated in December 2017

UVM utilizes the RCR Basic training Course provided through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The CITI RCR Basic Course is on-line, available to all UVM affiliates and covers all essential RCR topics.

The training should be completed as soon as possible and must be completed before the students/postdocs leave the project or within the first 3 months on the project, whichever comes first. Training needs to occur only one time.

Students and postdocs will be contacted directly by Research Integrity with a cc to the Principal Investigator, instructing them how to log into CITI and complete the course. Research Integrity will follow up with the students/postdocs on a regular basis until the training is complete and will ask PIs for help with contacting students and postdocs who are delinquent in completing the RCR training.

Principle Investigators are encouraged to inform their students and postdocs about this requirement, letting them know that it is a compliance issue and also a very important piece of their training as scientists.

CITI Registration and Login Instructions

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 on.
  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)

Additional NSF RCR Resources

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