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National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Responsible Conduct of Research

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 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). 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 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,  visit our RCR website at