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.

  • New applications must include a plan for instruction in responsible conduct of research and must describe how participation will be monitored (requirements for individual applications vary).
  • Renewal applications, in addition to the criteria for new applications, the renewal application must describe past and future changes that address any weaknesses in the current instruction. All training faculty who have served as course directors, speakers, lecturers, and/or discussion leaders must be named in the application (requirements for individual applications vary)
  • Applications lacking a plan for instruction in responsible conduct of research will be considered incomplete and may be delayed in the review process or not reviewed.

Plan Components

Plans must address five specific instructional components:

  • 1. Format Plans must include substantial face-to-face instruction. Online instruction is not considered adequate as the sole means of instruction.
  • 2. Subject Matter NIH provides recommended subjects.
  • 3. Faculty Participation Training faculty and mentors are highly encouraged to contribute.
  • 4. Duration of Instruction Acceptable programs generally involve at least eight contact hours.
  • 5. Frequency of Instruction Instruction must be undertaken at least once during each career stage.

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.