For awards subject to the February 2013 and subsequent Research Terms & Conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has issued the following:
“By accepting a NIFA award the grantee assures that program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research and that documentation of such training will be maintained. Grantees are advised that the documentation of the training is subject to NIFA review upon request.” Full text can be found in NIFA’s April 2013 Agency-Specific Terms & Conditions (PDF).
UMaine’s current Responsible & Ethical Conduct of Research plan (PDF) is being revised to reflect the NIFA requirement. In the interim, if you receive a NIFA award please contact our office, prior to expenditure of funds, to determine an appropriate training plan for your research team.