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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 from NSF grants to conduct research.  This is stipulated in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide.

UVM's Plan for Meeting the NSF Requirement - Updated August 24, 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 6 months on the project, whichever comes first. Training needs to occur only one time.

Students and postdocs will be contacted directly by SPA with a cc to the Principal Investigator, instructing them how to log into CITI and complete the course. SPA 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 Login for those who are already registered for a UVM CITI Account

  1. Go to the CITI Login page; Choose to "Log in through my Institution"; scroll down to click on the link for the University of Vermont; supply your UVM NetID and password (if necessary) and login

Registration Instructions for those who do not have a UVM CITI Account

  1. Go to the CITI Login page; Choose to Register
  2. Click on the blue hyperlink below the text box "Can't find your institution? It may use Single Sign On.  Check here."
  3. Scroll down and click on the link for the University of Vermont
  4. Associate your SSO account with a CITI Program account Choosing the second option "I don't have a CITI Program account and need to create one"
  5. Click on the blue box below that says, "Create a new CITI Program account"
  6. Follow the prompts to supply required information and navigate finally to "University of Vermont Course"
  7. Choose "Add a Course"
  8. Choose "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) - Basic"

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

The course allows users to save their work and come back to it later.  It will take several hours to complete.

Additional NSF RCR Resources

Last modified August 31 2017 05:33 PM

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