Sponsored Programs and Research
Responsible Conduct of Research
The objective of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training program, in conjunction with research experience, is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for advanced study and careers in scientific research. The RCR training will also meet specific training requirements for research sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).
RCR Training will include the following topics:
-Conflict of Interest – personal, professional and financial
-Policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, use of bio-hazardous materials and safe laboratory practices
-Mentor/Mentee responsibilities and relationships
-Collaborative research including collaborations with industry
-Data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and ownership
-Research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
-Responsible authorship and publication
-The scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research
The Principal Investigator and Department Chair will be responsible for ensuring that all undergraduate and graduate students working on NSF or NIH supported research projects within their areas have received RCR training either at the onset of the project or within 1 year of the start date of the project. Certification of this training must be submitted to the University Research Compliance Officer (RCO) within one year of the start of the research project for each student working on the project. Once a certificate has been submitted, it will remain in effect until the student graduates from the University.
The University will employ two forms of training; (1) On-line training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at the University of Miami and (2) Classroom training programs as developed by the department with jurisdiction over the research project.
The CITI training program may be used to meet the requirements of NSF training. The Research Compliance Officer (RCO) will have access to the CITI training program to verify completion of training.
It is recommended, but not required, that all students, faculty and staff involved in research at Winthrop University complete the on-line training course.
Classroom Instruction, small group discussions and other “face to face” discussions for RCR training is required for NIH sponsored programs, with a recommended minimum contact time of 8 hours.
Department Heads are required to submit to the Research Compliance Officer (RCO) the training program they will employ within their departments. Class syllabi for all classes to be used in the training program must be submitted along with the training plan. These plans should be updated as the syllabi are modified, ensuring that the RCO always has the current training program on file.
A Certificate of RCR Training will be completed for each student and submitted to the RCO within one year of the start date of the research project. A Certificates must be signed by the Department Head. It is the responsibility of the Department Head to ensure attendance records or other documentation is on file to establish the students’ attendance at the training classes. These records must be retained for a minimum of three years after the close of the research project, or a longer period if specified in the terms and conditions of the sponsored project.
Internal Control Considerations
This policy relies on the commitment of the Principal Investigator and Department Head in ensuring that all students involved in NSF or NIH sponsored research receive RCR training. The Research Compliance Officer (RCO) will provide oversight to ensure training programs are complete and meet requirements as stated in NSF and NIH guidelines, and that Certificates of RCR Training are submitted for students involved in research in a timely manner.
Sponsored Programs and Research (SPAR)