NSF Responsible Conduct of Research Training Requirement

Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act, mandates Responsible Conduct of Research training for undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Brown University requires that all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF complete the CITI Course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) with at least 80% grade on the module quizzes.


NSF-funded investigators are responsible for assuring that any student or postdoctoral research completed the CITI RCR training within one year of their beginning NSF supported work.

The RCR training requirement applies to proposals to conduct research (which excludes, for example, conference, symposium, workshop, or travel proposals). Students who receive only scholarship or stipend support to enroll in an academic program through such NSF programs as S-STEM and Noyce are not required to receive RCR training. However, students must take RCR training if they receive NSF scholarship or stipend support to engage in research, or if conducting research is included in their academic program.

Students and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to participate in supplemental Research Ethics and RCR seminars and Brown Bags sponsored by OVPR.

To arrange a Brown Bag discussion or seminar tailored to the particular needs of your department or research group, please contact Juliane Blyth, Associate Director of Research Operations with the Office of Research Integrity at (401) 863-3295.

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