Responsible Conduct of Research
Purdue University Education Plan to Satisfy the Requirements of NSF's Implementation of Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 1862o-1)
Background - Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act requires that "each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project."
NSF's Implementation Plan [74 FR 42126-42128 (August 20, 2009)]:
"Effective January 4, 2010, NSF will require that, at the time of proposal submission to NSF, a proposing institution's Authorized Organizational Representative certify that the institution has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research. While training plans are not required to be included in proposals submitted to NSF, institutions are advised that they are subject to review upon request. NSF will formally implement the new RCR requirement via an update to the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG). It is anticipated that the revisions to the PAPPG will be issued on October 1, 2009. NSF also will modify its standard award conditions to clearly stipulate that institutions are responsible for verifying that undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research have received RCR training."
Purdue University Training Plan to Satisfy NSF Requirement for Responsible Conduct in Research Education
- Administration - The Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships and Dean of the Graduate School have assigned responsibility to the EVPRP Office of Research Administration to coordinate implementation and oversee compliance with the NSF Requirement for RCR Education. Associate Vice President for Research Howard Zelaznik and an Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Linda Mason, will serve as co-chairs of a faculty advisory committee which will periodically review and recommend improvements to this University Responsible Conduct of Research Education Plan. This faculty advisory committee will include representation from the college/school Associate Deans for Graduate Education (Graduate School GEA Committee) and NSF-supported faculty whose projects are subject to the Education Plan.
- Undergraduates - Undergraduates to be supported from an NSF project submitted to the sponsor on or after January 4, 2010 must successfully complete online undergraduate core training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) consisting of online CITI modules on research misconduct, conflict of interest, and data acquisition and management. This requirement must be completed and documentation provided to the hiring department prior to employment. Undergraduates are encouraged to complete the remainder of the CITI online RCR curriculum and to attend seminars/workshops on the responsible conduct of research offered at Purdue University.
- Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers - During the first month of support, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers financially supported by the NSF must successfully complete online graduate core training in RCR. This core training will consist of successful completion of one of the four CITI online RCR courses: Biomedical, Physical Science, Social and Behavioral, or Humanities. Each of these courses consists of modules on research misconduct, conflict of interest, data acquisition and management, responsible authorship, responsible peer review, collaborative research, mentoring, and Purdue University policies and procedures (to be developed). In addition, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF funds are required to engage in additional discussion-based RCR education during the first year of support by NSF funds. The specific method to satisfy this requirement for discussion-based RCR education will be determined by the student's graduate program or by the postdoctoral researcher's mentor. Graduate programs and postdoctoral mentors, respectively, will be responsible for maintaining auditable documentation of each graduate student's or postdoctoral researcher's completion of discussion-based RCR education.
- Resources - Information about Purdue courses and workshops addressing the ethical and responsible conduct of research can be found on the Graduate School's Responsible Conduct of Research web site. To access the CITI online courses in the Responsible Conduct of Research referenced in the Purdue RCR Education Plan, please click here.
RCR Tracking Form 2012
Direction for Online RCR Training
RCR Quick Reference Card