NSF & NIH Requirements-Office of Research Integrity and Compliance - Carnegie Mellon University

NSF & NIH Requirements

On August 20, 2009, the National Science Foundation (NSF) published (74 FR 42126 [PDF]) a new requirement for RCR education.  For proposals submitted on or after January 4, 2010 and subsequently awarded, institutions are responsible for verifying that undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research have received (RCR) training.  At this time CMU is using the CITI RCR online program to meet the NSF requirement. See the CITI On-line RCR Education page.

For NSF awards resulting from proposals submitted on or after January 4, 2010, RCR education needs to be completed by undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers prior to them receiving any financial support from the award.   It does not need to be completed at the time the proposal is submitted.  If the NSF application requires a description of the RCR education program at CMU you may use this standard language [PDF] as a guide.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also requires RCR education for certain types of awards (Institutional Research Training Grants, Individual Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards (Institutional and Individual), Research Education Grants, Dissertation Research Grants other grant programs with a training component that requires instruction in responsible conduct of research).  The recently updated NIH Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research Education  will take effect with all new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010, and for all continuation (Type 5) applications with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011. The CITI RCR modules may be used to partially satisfy the NIH requirements.