Links:

NSF RCR Policy
NIH RCR Policy
Applicable Awards for NIH RCR
NU RCR Training Plan
Resources for Developing Alternative RCR Programs
CITI website

NIH RCR Policy

On November 24, 2009, the NIH released a Policy Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research. The updated Policy covers specific award mechanisms and is effective for new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010. Updates are effective for all continuation applications with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011.

NIH’s update on training in the responsible conduct of research stipulates that "...all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. This policy will take effect with all new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010, and for all continuation (Type 5) applications with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011." [from NIH notice number NOT-OD-10-019]

At this time, the University has decided to broaden our commitment to training alongside these requirements from federal sponsors to cover more completely those pursuing research on campus.

NEU is in the process of developing resources to help researchers comply with these new requirements. More information will be disseminated as it becomes available.

Below is an overview of the most substantial changes included in the Update. The information below DOES NOT cover all changes in the NIH Update. Complete text for the Update is available here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-019.html.

General Requirements NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant receive instruction in responsible conduct of research.

Plan Components

Plans must address five specific instructional components:

Updated Reporting Requirements
The Update provides specific requirements for each type of award.

Compliance

NIH policy requires participation in and successful completion of instruction. It is expected that course attendance is monitored and that a certificate or documentation of participation is available upon course completion.