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National Institute of Food and Agriculture Responsible Conduct of Research training requirement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has instituted a new Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirement.

The training requirement mandates that all participants including all; program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project  receive appropriate training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR). NIFA does not provide any exceptions to this requirement.

Virginia Tech has adopted a plan to fulfill the NIFA training requirement.  Virginia Tech will use online training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to meet this requirement.  Instructions on how to access this course can be found on the website below.

If you have questions regarding the NIFA training requirement, please contact Vicky Ratcliffe at 540-231-7964 or vratcliffe@vt.edu or visit our RCR website at http://www.research.vt.edu/research-integrity-office/.