NIH RCR Training Requirement

体育365On November 24, 2009, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) updated its requirement for training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) (NOT-OD-10-019). As part of the update, NIH stipulated that acceptable programs involved at least eight contact hours, and that online programs as the sole means of instruction are not acceptable. The NIH training requirement applies to trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant (applies to the following programs: 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, U2R, and any other NIH-funded programs supporting research training, career development, or research education that require instruction in responsible conduct of research as stated in the relevant funding opportunity announcements).

Training must be undertaken at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than once every four years. Initial instruction during predoctoral training should occur as early as possible in graduate school. Individuals at the early career investigator level (including mentored K awardees and K12 scholars) must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research at least once during this career stage. Senior fellows and career award recipients (including F33, K02, K05, and K24 awardees) may fulfill the requirement for instruction in responsible conduct of research by participating as lecturers and discussion leaders.

体育365The University of New Hampshire (UNH) has adopted the following plan to fulfill the NIH requirement.

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Training Program

Program 1: Completion of UNH’s web-based RCR instructional modules, followed by participation in a ½-day seminar. Seminars are offered three times a year (early in the Fall semester, early in the Spring semester, and early May ~ see the RCR Training at UNH webpage for information on an upcoming seminar)

AND

Completion of four RCR workshops offered by the UNH RCR Program (see RCR Workshops webpage for more information).

Web-based RCR instructional modules

RCR Workshops

RCR Training at UNH

Program 1: Completion of UNH’s web-based RCR instructional modules, followed by participation in a ½-day seminar. Seminars are offered three times a year (early in the Fall semester, early in the Spring semester, and early May ~ see the RCR Training at UNH webpage for information on an upcoming seminar)

AND

Completion of four RCR workshops offered by the UNH RCR Program (see RCR Workshops webpage for more information).

Program 2: Completion of GRAD 930: Ethics in Research and Scholarship (any student who has taken GRAD 930 is grandfathered).

Web-based RCR instructional modules

RCR Workshops

RCR Training at UNH

Program 1: Completion of UNH’s web-based RCR instructional modules, followed by participation in a ½-day seminar. Seminars are offered three times a year (early in the Fall semester, early in the Spring semester, and early May ~ see the RCR Training at UNH webpage for information on an upcoming seminar)

AND

Completion of four RCR workshops offered by the UNH RCR Program (see RCR Workshops webpage for more information).

Program 2: Completion of GRAD 930: Ethics in Research and Scholarship (any student who has taken GRAD 930 is grandfathered).

Program 3: Completion of the UNH doctoral RCR training (this training is a UNH Graduate School requirement for all new doctoral students)

AND

Completion of four RCR workshops offered by the UNH RCR Program (see RCR Workshops webpage for more information).

Web-based RCR instructional modules

RCR Workshops

RCR Training at UNH

Training Timeframe

  1. Ordinarily, web-based training will be initiated within six weeks of an individual’s first day of employment on a grant and will be completed, along with participation in the seminar within the first six months of employment on that grant or prior to the end of an individual’s employment on that grant, whichever comes first.  Completion of the 4 workshops will be within 12 months of the individual’s first day of employment on a grant.  Exceptions to this timeframe requirement may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the Chair of the Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarly Activity (RCR) Committee.
  2. Students enrolled at UNH and others hired on a temporary basis to conduct research on an eligible NIH grant and whose employment on the grant ends before one of the triannual trainings must complete, at a minimum, the following UNH web-based RCR instructional modules within two days of their first day of employment on the grant: Misconduct in Scholarly  Activity, and Data Management. If the research also involves use of human subjects, use of vertebrate animals, and/or use of hazardous materials, individuals also complete within two days of their first of employment on the grant the following modules, as applicable: Human Subjects; Vertebrate Animals; and/or Laboratory Safety.  If any workshops are offered while individuals are employed on a grant, they should complete as many as possible (up to the required number [four]) within 12 months of the individual’s first day of employment on a grant.
  3. Students not enrolled at UNH who are hired at UNH on a temporary basis to conduct research on an eligible NIH grant and whose employment on the grant ends before one of the triannual trainings may complete their home institution’s RCR training prior to arriving at UNH, and provide documentation to their UNH PI/PD.

Individuals must register for the next offering of GRAD 930 available after their first day of employment on a grant, and complete the course with a passing grade (course is pass/fail).

Individuals must comply with the UNH Graduate School requirements regarding completion of the UNH doctoral RCR training and complete the four workshops within 12 months of an individual’s first day of employment on a grant. 

  • Individuals transferring to UNH from another institution and supported by NIH funds must complete UNH’s RCR training within the required timeframe, even if they have completed similar training at another institution.
  • Individuals need to complete UNH’s training once every four years while they are funded on applicable NIH grants at UNH.

Principal Investigators'/Project Directors' Responsibilities

体育365Principal Investigators (PIs) and Project Directors (PDs) are responsible for:

  • Determining if individuals are being supported on an applicable NIH-funded project to conduct research and if so, ensuring that the applicable personnel under their supervision comply with the NIH training requirement; and,
  • Providing appropriate oversight in the ethical and responsible conduct of research for all personnel supported by NIH funds to conduct research.

Questions

For questions about this requirement or the trainings, please contact Julie Simpson, (603) 862-2003, in Research Integrity Services.