NSF & NIH Requirements for RCR Education

On August 20, 2009, the National Science Foundation (NSF) published (74 FR 42126) 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 post-doctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research have received (RCR) training. At this time Butler is using the CITI RCR online program to meet the NSF requirement. See below for information on the CITI education.

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 Butler you may use the following standard language as a guide:

Butler University (BU) has a number of methods for providing research ethics education to its research community. Individuals involved in human subject and animal research are required to complete education focused on the appropriate use of humans and/or animals in research, prior to receiving Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval for specific research protocols.

Effective in 2011, all students and post-doctoral researchers supported by NSF research funds are required to complete online Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education through Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The topics covered in the online training include: data acquisition and management, authorship and publication, peer review, mentor/trainee responsibilities, collaboration, conflict of interest and research misconduct. Documentation of completion of the CITI course is available through the Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship office. Additional RCR education is provided through faculty-student discussions.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also requires RCR education for certain types of awards . The recently updated NIH Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research Education took 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.