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Free Tool & Assistance to UMaine Researchers to Create Data Managment Plans

The Advanced Computing Group (ACG)  and the University of Maine System have partnered to provide an easy access tool to assist in Data Management Plan (DMP) creation for faculty and researchers in the University of Maine System.  The DMP tool is offered in conjunction with over 100 partner institutions including Yale, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford.  It is available at: https://dmptool.org.  The Advanced Computing Group also provides assistance with proposal preparation, and archiving and dissemination of data, operating the Maine Dataverse Network as a free service for all Maine researchers to use to archive and share their data.

For more information about these and other services offered by ACG, please visit: http://acg.umaine.edu/ or send an email to: acg@maine.edu.

June 2014 Responsible Conduct of Research Training for Graduate & Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students, here is a great opportunity to get a jump start on the 2014-2015 academic year by fulfilling the Responsible Conduct of Research Training requirement this summer.

What: INT 601 Responsible Conduct of Research (1cr)
When: M-F, 10:00 – 11:15, June 9 – June 20
Where: 336 Boardman Hall (limited to 15 on-campus students and up to 5 off-campus students who will participate live by distance)

Undergraduate Students participating in NSF, NIH, and NIFA sponsored research are required to be trained in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Training for the summer will occur:

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Place: Hill Auditorium (in the Engineering Sciences Research Building)

Pre-registration is required. Please contact Amanda Ashe (amanda.ashe@umit.maine.edu) or Wendy Eckert (eckert@maine.edu) to register your students.

New Policy: Graduate Training in the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RCR)

Commencing with Summer 2014 admissions, the University of Maine Graduate School will require all graduate students enrolled in graduate research masters (thesis) or doctoral programs to receive one credit of RCR training prior to completing the degree, preferably prior to commencing the research.  At the advisory committee’s or Graduate Coordinator’s discretion, this credit may be substituted for one of the 6 required thesis/dissertation credits (XXX699) and is a co-requisite for XXX699; therefore, students must take the RCR training before or at the same time as the first registration for XXX699.

Currently enrolled students will not be required to take RCR training unless supported to conduct research on a National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Food and Agriculture, or National Science Foundation award.

For further information regarding the policy, please contact the Graduate School.  For information regarding federal regulations related to RCR training, please visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Responsible Conduct of Research Compliance website.

Pilot Program for Enhancement of Employee Whistleblower Protection (41 USC 4712)

Notice To Employees

Commencing July 1, 2013 and continuing through January 1, 2017, employees working on a Federal Government contract, subcontract or grant are provided enhanced whistleblower protections under The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). For more information please visit ORSP’s Enhanced Whistleblower Protection webpage.

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: sponsored@umit.maine.edu (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
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System