RCR Training Requirements

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Pursuant to  Notice NOT-OD-10-019:  “Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research”,  “all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award, research education grant and dissertation research grant must receive  instruction in responsible conduct of research.”

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Implementation of  Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act requires 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 to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food & Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)

Requires training in the Responsible Conduct of Research for  “program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project” for all awards subject to USDA-NIFA Research Terms and Conditions dated February 2013 and after. Full text of the requirement can be found in USDA-NIFA’s October 2014 Agency-Specific Terms & Conditions (PDF) and USDA-NIFA’s March 2013 Terms and Conditions, Small Business Innovation Research Grants Program .

University of Maine

Principal Investigators (PI) or Project Directors (PD) are responsible for ensuring that appropriate training occurs early in the first year each subject person receives NSF, NIH, or USDA-NIFA support, and for promptly submitting certification of that training to ORA.  Please note: PI and Co-PI on USDA-NIFA awards subject to the training requirement must complete training before ORA will establish the project account.

The University’s Responsible & Ethical Conduct of Research plan is outlined below.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduates are directed to register for an Undergraduate RCR training workshop. For current information on upcoming trainings, see Undergraduate Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training.

Graduate Students

Graduate students are directed to take INT 601 or an approved alternate course. For more information, see Graduate School Responsible Conduct of Research Training.

Post-Doctoral Researchers, Faculty, and Staff

Post-Doctoral researchers and other subject faculty/staff may take INT-601, or complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative’s (CITI) “General RCR Course” (see Instructions for CITI Training [PDF]).


If you have questions regarding this training requirement or CITI training instructions, please contact us about Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).

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