UWF Responsible Conduct in Research Plan

Responsible Conduct in Research and the National Science Foundation

Upon the implementation of Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C. 1862o-1), the National Science Foundation (NSF) required that each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide 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.

What does this mean for UWF students and researchers?

Each undergraduate student, graduate student, and postdoctoral researcher supported through funding from NSF must provide certification for pertinent responsible conduct in research training.

How do UWF students and researchers meet training requirements?

The requirements can be met through completion of the UWF Responsible Conduct in Research Plan.

What is the UWF Responsible Conduct in Research Plan?

  1. Certification of completed training must be received within the first 30 days of NSF-supported employment at UWF.
  2. Completion of training is monitored by the Principal Investigator and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
  3. Certification is provided through completion of training modules of the Online Research Ethics Course developed with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Research Integrity (ORI) support in conjunction with the University of Montana.

RCR Online Training Modules to be completed by All Required Employees

Section 1: Ethical Issues in Research

Section 2: Interpersonal Responsibility

Section 3: Institutional Responsibility

Section 4: Professional Responsibility

Principal investigators may choose to have employees complete the following additional training modules, as applicable. Note: These modules do not meet the mandatory training requirements for the investigators submitting applications to the IRB or IACUC. See IRB and IACUC websites for training requirements.

Section 5: Animals in Research

Section 6: Human Participation in Research

  1. Principal Investigators should reference the "UWF Responsible Conduct in Research Plan" in their statements of "Broader Impact, Intellectual Merit and Program Plan" as evidence of compliance with the RCR requirement.

For more information on how the NSF policy affects you, contact your RSP Grants Specialist or call 850-474-2824.