Training for Responsible Conduct of Research
|Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)|
The University of Toledo is committed to fostering an environment of responsible conduct of research. Integrity in research and scholarship is a fundamental value upon which the University is founded. Without integrity, we could not justify the privilege of the academic freedom that is intrinsic to research, other forms of scholarship and education nor could we provide to society the advancements of knowledge that derive from free and open inquiry.
New National Science Foundation Requirements
In 2009 the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced its 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) (http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19930.htm). This section of the Act requires that:“Effective January 4, 2010, NSF will require 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.’’
The language below further describes the Institutional Responsibilities:
The CITI program
As part of our commitment to the responsible conduct of research, and to comply with the NSF requirements, The University of Toledo has contracted with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide online training modules in the RCR. The CITI program offers RCR core modules that are customized to various discipline categories:
· Biological/Biomedical Sciences
All undergraduate and graduate students and post-docs supported by NSF funds are required to complete, within their discipline category, chapters and pass tests covering the following RCR core areas. These areas were determined based NSF-designated core areas of competency and CITI recommendations. The Office of Research Integrity at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) identifies the same topics as core areas of focus. We estimate that this should take between three to four hours to complete:
· Introduction to RCR
Registration and Course Completion
Access the CITI Courses by going to www.citiprogram.org and registering as a new user, or logging in if you already have a CITI account. New users select University of Toledo in the Participating Institutions box. The username and password you choose will not be shared with anyone at UT. You will be asked to fill out two online forms with your identifying information. You will be asked to choose the course and enroll in a Learner Group that is compatible with your interests and training requirements. The program will automatically select the modules you are required to complete. Follow the instructions and links on the Learner’s Menu to begin the course you selected. You must check off the Integrity Assurance Statement every time you want to enter the course page.
You do not have to complete the course in one sitting. You may return to the course at any time. CITI keeps track of your progress. After completing the training modules, you may view your course completion history and obtain a completion certificate, Follow the link to the CITI Course Completion Report. On completion, Research & Sponsored Programs receives notification and updates the training database.
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New National Institutes of Health Requirement
The National Institutes of Health released its latest update on instruction in responsible conduct of research (NOT-OD-10-019). The announcement conveys some of the consensus best practices that have evolved in the research training community over the past two decades, and to provide access to additional information that may be useful to institutions and individuals in meeting their obligations under NIH policy.
NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. The policy will take effect with all new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010, and for all continuation (Type 5) applications with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011. This Notice applies to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R.
NIH also dictates the format of the required training. “Substantial face-to-face discussions among the participating trainees/fellows/scholars/participants; a combination of didactic and small-group discussions (e.g. case studies); and participation of research training faculty members in instruction in responsible conduct of research are highly encouraged. While on-line courses can be a valuable supplement to instruction in responsible conduct of research, online instruction is not considered adequate as the sole means of instruction. A plan that employs only online coursework for instruction in responsible conduct of research will not be considered acceptable, except in special instances of short-term training programs, or unusual and well-justified circumstances. “
To address the new NIH requirement, UT offers two courses that address the topics required by the NIH. “On Being a Scientist” (OBAS; INDI602/802) is a graduate level course offered on the Health Science Campus during the Fall and Spring semesters. More information may be obtained from Dr. Randall Ruch (randall.ruch@utoledo,edu). “Issues in Research and Scholarship” (ARS2980) is an undergraduate course that covers similar topics and is offered during the Summer session on the Main Campus. More information may be obtained from Dr. Tom Kvale (email@example.com).
Requirements for UT Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
As described above, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate and graduate students supported by NSF grants, or NIH training grants, must receive RCR training. The UT requirement for training may be satisfied as follows:
Questions or assistance:
William S. Messer, Jr.
Technical support is available at the CITI RCR Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-243-7970 (8am-5pm Eastern).