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NSF Responsible Conduct of Research Training

The 2007 America COMPETES Act (ACA) states “Institutions that apply for financial assistance from NSF for science and engineering research or education should include a plan in their grant proposals for appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will participate in the proposed research project.”

Effective January 4, 2010, all institutions submitting proposals to NSF must certify that they have a training plan in place. Training plans do not need to be submitted with the proposal, but are subject to review upon request. Institutions are responsible for verifying that these individuals receive training.

In response to the ACA requirement, The University of Tulsa Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) along with the Graduate School have implemented a policy that establishes minimum Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirements.

  1. Successful completion of the web-based Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) RCR course, and
  2. Discipline specific mentoring by the Principal Investigator and lead investigators shall be provided to the students and postdoctoral researchers during the course of the research.

All Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators shall complete this training within ninety (90) days of receipt of the award if the training has not previously been completed. Post-doctoral researchers, undergraduate students and graduate students shall complete the training with in ninety (90) days of the beginning of their appointment to the grant. 

Contact: Carmen Schaar-Walden, Coordinator of Research Compliance, at 918-631-3310 or carmen-schaar-walden@utulsa.edu