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Interim Responsible Conduct of Research Plan for subject USDA-NIFA awards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requires training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) for all personnel supported on NIFA awards which are subject to NIFA Research Terms and Conditions dated February 2013 and after. Full text of the requirement can be found in NIFA’s April 2013 Agency-Specific Terms & Conditions (PDF).

While the University’s Responsible & Ethical Conduct of Research plan (PDF) is being revised to reflect the NIFA RCR training requirement, subject personnel are directed to take the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative’s ‘General RCR Course’ and to submit a copy of their certificate of completion to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) at: (Instructions for establishing a CITI user account and completing RCR training). No project funds will be released until ORSP has received this confirmation for all subject personnel!

If you have questions regarding this training requirement please contact Wendy Eckert. For questions related to CITI training instructions, please contact Amanda Ashe.


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Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5717
Phone: 207-581-1484 | Fax: 207-581-1446
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System