Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)


AU RCR Training Implementation

Auburn University has contracted with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at the University of Miami to provide RCR training.  CITI is a web-based training program with content developed by a national consortium.  The CITI RCR program will ensure appropriate training and documentation related to RCR requirements. 

AU encourages, but does not require, all investigators to complete the CITI RCR training.  RCR training is currently dependent on sponsor requirements.

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NSF – Required Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

Effective January 4, 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) implemented Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act.  This section of the Act requires that each institution have a plan for providing appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project. 

  • At the time of proposal submission to NSF, a proposing institution’s Authorized Organization Representative must 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 post doctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research.
  • Training plans are not required to be included in proposals submitted to NSF.  However, institutions have been advised that they are subject to review.
  • NSF will modify its standard award conditions to clearly stipulate that institutions are responsible for verifying that undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research have received RCR training.

Click here to view the NSF RCR Training Process Diagram

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United States Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Effective for awards subject to the February 2013 Research Terms and Conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has mandated 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 (RCR) (see page 5 of the PDF).  

Auburn University has adopted the following plan to fulfill the NIFA training requirement.  The requirements of this plan are applicable to all awards subject to the USDA NIFA February 2013 Terms and Conditions or subsequent Terms and Conditions that contain the RCR training requirement.

Program Directors' Responsibilities:  Program directors are responsible for ensuring that the applicable personnel under their supervision comply with the NIFA training requirement.

General:  Each institution applying for NIFA funds must assure that the aforementioned individuals receive training and maintain documentation of such training.  Documentation of training is subject to review upon request by NIFA.

Requirements:  The NIFA training requirements can be met by following the same training guidelines as for NSF, which are noted above. The required training is offered as an online training course available through CITI (http://www.citiprogram.org).  If you do not have a CITI account already established, please see the FAQ’s and guidance documentation on the RCR Education and Training page.

Click here to view the NIFA RCR Training Process Diagram

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

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Last Updated: 1/13/2014