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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Plan

The following plan was prepared in response to the National Science Foundation’s and the National Institutes of Health’s recent policy revisions. 

NSF’s implementation of Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Sciences (COMPETES) Act 9(42 U.S. C. 1862o-1) became effective January 4, 2010.  Section 7009 of that Act requires 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 projects.”

NIH also updated policy requirements regarding instruction in RCR effective January 25, 2010 and after for all new and renewal applications.  These new requirements are applicable for the following mechanisms: 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.  This policy also refers to all NIH research training, career development or research education as defined in funding opportunity announcements requiring instruction in RCR.

The University of Texas at Brownsville fully supports NSF and NIH in ensuring that undergraduate and graduate students, and post doctoral researchers who receive assistance through participation in such projects will receive appropriate training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research.

Implementation Plan:

1.  PIs must inform the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) during the application process and indicate on the Proposal Transmittal Form (PTF) that the project includes students (undergraduate or graduate) and/or postdoctoral researchers that will require RCR training.  The PTF will indicate that RCR Training is required.

2.  Upon award, OSP will contact Research Integrity and Compliance (RIC) of the awarded project.  The PI will be reminded of their responsibility to ensure that all research personnel who receive assistance through an NSF or applicable NIH research project complete CITI training within one month of assignment to the project. Click the link to the CITI training module below to register and verify completion of RCR training:

  • CITI
    *Please register as a New User and on the Participating Institutions drop down menu, choose University of Texas-Brownsville.

3.  Participants will be responsible to verify completion of the CITI module and forward a copy of their certification of completion to the responsible PI.   Monitoring of training activity will be conducted periodically through the CITI administrator option.  Delinquent and outstanding training will be monitored and reported to the respective Dean, OSP, Corporate Compliance and the VP for Research since non-compliance could potentially affect the continuation of the project.

4.  PIs will retain a list of students completing RCR training for their files.  Files should indicate active and inactive status of research personnel assigned to the project.  Please use the provided Research Personnel Roster template.  All new students or post doctoral researchers need to complete the training within one month of assignment. PIs will need to report completion of training by submitting Personnel Rosters to Research Integrity and Compliance in BRHP building 2.210.  PIs are responsible to insure that training is complete and to maintain a listing of all persons trained, a copy will be maintained by RIC.

5.  NSF and NIH further encourage PIs and/or mentors to provide other resources, materials or related interactive training/ or mentored discussions in ethics and research conduct. 

Below, please find the link to the NSF web site that references a variety of RCR training resources that may be useful to PIs and mentors in training students and post doctoral researchers.

For more information, please contact Lynne Depeault at 956-882-7731 or email

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