NSF RCR Training Requirement Updates for Faculty and Senior Personnel – June 2023

The following message was sent via email to all University of Maine employees on June 14, 2023 by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recently updated their requirements for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. A full summary of these changes is available in the Spring 2023 Research Compliance Newsletter.

The key change for researchers to be aware of is that all faculty and other senior personnel supported by NSF must now complete RCR training every 4 years (for new proposals submitted or due on or after July 31, 2023). Subject faculty and senior personnel can fulfill this requirement via Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative’s (CITI) “General RCR Course” (see Instructions for CITI Training [PDF]), or INT 601 or another approved alternate RCR course. (Note: this new requirement is in addition to NSF’s prior RCR training requirement for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.)

Visit Responsible Conduct of Research Training Requirements for further information on RCR requirements at the University of Maine and how to fulfill them. Please contact Director of Research Compliance Amanda Ashe (amanda.l.ashe@maine.edu) with any questions regarding these requirements.

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