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 from an NSF grant awarded to UVM directly or as a subrecipient to conduct research.  This requirement can be found in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.

UVM's Plan for Meeting the NSF Requirement

Revised December, 2017

UVM will require all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who are paid to conduct research from an NSF grant 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 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 within the first 3 months on the project.

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

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.

RCR Notifications

Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, paid from an NSF 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 on a regular basis with those that require the RCR Training 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 NSF funded students and postdocs that the RCR Training requirement is a compliance issue and also a very important piece of their training as scientists.

CITI Registration and Login Instructions

A. Registration Instructions for those who do not have a UVM CITI Account, See Section B if you 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. Click "Log In Through My Institution", scroll down to click on "University of Vermont" and enter your UVM Net ID and password to sign in.
  4. If you have not associated your UVM account with CITI, you will be prompted to choose whether you already have a CITI Program account or if you do not have a CITI Program account. If you have a CITI Account, choose the first option and follow the instructions to link your UVM account with your CITI 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. Select "Add a Course."
  7. Choose "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) - Basic."
  8. Start course and complete the Required Modules.
  9. Users may save their work and return to CITI at anytime to complete the training. When you return always use the command "Log in through my Institution"). This avoids creating multiple CITI accounts and having to restart training.

B. CITI Login for those who are already registered for a UVM CITI Account

  1. Go to the CITI Login page: Choose "Log in through my Institution" and scroll down to click on "University of Vermont" and login using your UVM NetID and Password (if necessary).
  2. From the Main Menu, select "University of Vermont Courses."
  3. Continue completing any unfinished RCR Basic course work.
  4. Start course and complete the Required Modules.
  5. Users may save their work and return to CITI anytime to complete the training. When you return use the command "Log in through my Institution". This avoids creating multiple CITI accounts and having to restart the training. 

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 Nicole.Schwartz@uvm.edu or 656-7863.

Updated 8/4/21