092.1 Responsible Conduct of Research Training Policy

Created by: Donald Pierce on 03/29/2014
Category: 0 - General Administration; 90 - Miscellaneous
Originator: Vice President for Academic Affairs
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Adoption Date: 04/02/2014
Reviewed for Currency: 04/02/2014
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Date of Origin: 04/02/2014
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 092.1 Responsible Conduct of Research Training Policy

A. Background

In response to the America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science) Act, Section 7009, effective January, 2010, all students and post-doctoral researchers supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) research funds are required to complete an education course in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) prior to receiving any financial support from an award. RCR training is also required for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Public Health Service (PHS) grant programs with a training component that requires instruction in responsible conduct of research as noted in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.


 B. Policy

Furman University’s Grants Administration Office requires RCR training for students and post-doctoral researchers prior to their receiving funds for any research related to any NSF/NIH/PHS funded grant or contract or immediately following any revision of the RCR policy in a way that affects the requirements for investigators, students and post-doctoral researchers.  If the university finds that an investigator, student or post-doctoral researcher is not in compliance with the regulations, the individual must complete RCR training again and come into compliance.


C. Guidelines

  1. Participants.  Only students who are contributing to an NSF, NIH or PHS funded research effort as part of a current/active NSF or NIH grant shall be required to satisfactorily complete a training course on the responsible conduct of research.
  2. Training Timeframe.  Principal Investigators (PI) are responsible for ensuring their student research assistants complete the training prior to when the student receives financial support from the award.
  3. Training Method.  RCR training is available through the university’s online resource known as CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative). Online training through the CITI system satisfies Furman, NSF and NIH’s RCR training requirements.
  4. Tracking of Training Completion.  Furman University requires that the completion certificate from CITI be printed out or saved as a PDF and sent directly to the Grants Administration Office where it will be entered into a database and filed appropriately for compliance. A copy of this certificate should be maintained by the individual completing the training and the PI.
  5. Retention of Documentation.  The completed RCR training documentation form must be maintained by the PI and the Grants Administration Office for a period of at least three years after the conclusion of the award.