I know this is an extremely busy time, but I wanted to issue this reminder to help avoid problems later.
As stated in National Science Foundations General Grant Conditions dated January 4, 2010:
NSF requires that grantees must have a plan in place to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research. NSF expects institutions to be able to verify that those students (undergraduates and graduates) and postdoctoral researchers who receive NSF funds (support from salary and/or stipends to conduct research on NSF grants) will obtain RCR training.
NIH released similar wording for their proposals effective January 25, 2010.
JMU’s plan provides this training using the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITC) training materials available at: http://www.jmu.edu/sponsprog/research_compliance/conducttraining.html (training modules entitled “Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research”). Please review the JMU instruction listed at the aforementioned URL prior to entering the CITI program. The course, group, and basic stage are listed below to assist you in selecting the appropriate CITI course.
Responsible Conduct of Research
Group: Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course 1.
Stage: Basic Course
JMU is responsible to certify that the RCR training plan is in place and will do so by verifying that students and postdocs have completed the RCR training. The Office of Sponsored Programs Accounting will be reviewing student PAR forms and scholarship/stipend requests against the CITI database to verify that students receiving NSF/NIH funds have completed the appropriate RCR training. Any issues discovered in this verification must be resolved before the student can receive this financial support.