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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 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 Notifcations

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

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


Additional NSF RCR Resources



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