In response to the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act, the National Science Foundation (NSF) introduced new requirements for educating all undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers being supported by NSF awards.

NSF's Implementation of Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act requires institutions in receipt of NSF funds provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who are supported by NSF to conduct research.The policy states that beginning January 4, 2010, all NSF proposal submissions will include an institutional assurance that the university has a plan in place to provide appropriate training.

According to the NSF implementation guidelines, training plans are not required to be included in proposals submitted to NSF. However, institutions are advised that they are subject to review upon request.


All Northeastern University undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, including short-term visitors, paid by NSF research awards subject to the America COMPETES Act MUST participate in instructional programs in the Responsible Conduct of Research, which are consistent with the legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements established by regulatory agencies, funding sources, professional organizations, and the University's Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research.