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Responsible Conduct of Research

Beginning in January 2010, many federal grantmaking agencies - including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health - will require grantees to certify that they provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR).

To meet these requirements, Carleton has developed an online training course which can be used by anyone involved in a federal grant - including but not limited to research trainees such as undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers - to obtain this training. This online curriculum should be supplemented by in-person instruction on aspects of ethical research conduct appropriate to the specific project. In fact, the National Institutes of Health require such additional training (see below). All PIs on federal grants are responsible for ensuring that students working with them have completed the online curriculum and have received face-to-face instruction.

In addition, Corporate & Foundation Relations can assist in drafting statements regarding the College's RCR policy and program for use in federal grant proposals. Contact Christopher Tassava (ctassava or x5833) for further information.

For more on the RCR requirements of the National Science Foundation's, see the "Responsible Conduct of Research" section of the Foundation's "Award and Administration Guide" (January 2010). As of January 4, 2010, the NSF stipulates that institutions can "provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research."

For more on the RCR requirements of the National Institutes of Health, see the "Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research" (November 24, 2009) on the NIH website. For all grants submitted after January 24, 2010, the NIH "requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research."