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NIFA 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 instituted a new Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirement effective for awards subject to the February 2013 Research Terms and Conditions.  (See page 5 of the PDF).

The training requirement mandates that all participants on the project complete the training, to include; 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). The new RCR training requirement is 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.

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.

NIFA website:   http://www.csrees.usda.gov/

The University has established the following option for satisfying the NIFA requirement:

On-line instruction

Individuals can access an on-line course created and maintained by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), a nationally-recognized source for research-related training.

Trainees are required to complete a basic set of required modules within a specialty area, including case studies, which are appropriate to the nature of his or her role in the sponsored research. The specialty areas include:

  • Biomedical
  • Social and Behavioral
  • Physical Science
  • Humanities
  • Engineering

The basic modules within these specialty areas review the following issues concerning ethical research:

  • Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Research Misconduct
  • Conflicts of Interest and Commitment
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities
  • Peer Review
  • Collaborative Research

The minimum "passing" aggregate score for the Responsible Research Conduct modules is 80%, which is required in order to satisfy the NIFA requirement described above.

Principal Investigator(s) Responsibilities:

Principal Investigators will be responsible for assuring that 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).

All such personnel working on an NIFA funded project subject to the February 2013 NIFA Research Terms and Conditions, must complete this training in Responsible Conduct of Research no later than 30 days following the start date of the project, including individuals added to a project in progress.

Failure to comply with this policy by any required participants within the specified time frame may result in freezing the fund of the project supporting these personnel.

For more information:

  • Technical issues regarding content delivered on the CITI website should be addressed to citisupport@med.miami.edu or to 305-243-7970.
  • Questions regarding NIFA requirements should be addressed to Vicky Ratcliffe, Manager of Research Education and COI Administrator, at vratcliffe@vt.edu or 540-231-7964.
  • Questions regarding this policy should be directed to Dr. Thomas Inzana, Research Integrity Officer, at tinzana@vt.edu or 540-231-5188.

Federal RCR Resources:

 

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