The National Science Foundation’s Implementation of Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act requires that institutions in receipt of NSF funds provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who are supported by NSF to conduct research. This policy was published in the Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 160, Thursday, August 20, 2009. Further notification may be found in Chapter II of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide.
SIUE is committed to excellence in Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) education for all undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students. SIUE seeks to encourage a culture of responsible conduct in research across campus, and therefore supports several programs designed to promote education and training in the responsible conduct in research, including:
As of July 1, 2010, all undergraduate and graduate students paid by internal or external research grants (not including URCA Associates or Assistants) will complete the following core curriculum:
Students may choose one of the three relevant courses to meet the training requirement. RCR certification is good for three years. The courses offered include: Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research Course 1, Basic Course; Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course 1, Basic Course; and Social Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course 1, Basic Course.
2. Email a list of names of these students to Linda Skelton at firstname.lastname@example.org. A database of names and completed training certificates will be kept in the Office of Research and Projects.
* Individual department courses can be certified to replace the above CITI certification and training. Requests for course RCR certification should be directed to the Associate Dean for Research in the Graduate School.
Faculty leading internally or externally sponsored research projects are encouraged to utilize the online and other materials and resources provided in the Graduate School Guidelines for RCR Mentoring on NSF Award.
Documentation and Recordkeeping:The Graduate School will retain all documentation related to the Core Curriculum.
Approved by Provost, August 12, 2010.