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Frequently-Asked Questions

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training FAQs

When do I need to take the course again? 

The UW currently does not have a requirement for the RCR course to be taken more than once.

Do NSF Fellows have to take RCR training?

NSF Fellows conducting research at the University of Washington who are directly supported from salary or stipends paid by NSF are required to take RCR training.

What proposals are impacted by the NSF requirement?

RCR training is required for those students and postdocs engaged in research who are directly supported from salary or stipends paid by NSF and are working on projects for proposals that are submitted ON OR AFTER January 4, 2010.

Who gives me access / provides the username and password?

For CITI and CMDITR, creating a username and password is a self-registration process.

If I’m a student, what department should I report as being affiliated with? 

Report your department with which your PI on the NSF grant is affiliated.

How much time do I have to complete the RCR trainings in their entirety?

The expectation is that you complete the trainings within three months of starting the training.

Do PIs need to document in their proposals that RCR training will be provided?

PIs do not need to document anything in the proposal on RCR training. The University assures NSF that training is provided when submitting a proposal and it has the signature of the institutional official.

Are PIs, other faculty working on NSF grants, or staff required to take RCR training?

The RCR training requirement is limited to students and postdocs directly supported from salary or stipends paid by NSF who are working on research projects, so faculty are not required to complete the RCR training.

If I’m volunteering my time on an NSF specific project or am participating in a NSF supported project for course credit, am I required to take RCR training?

No. Only students and postodocs who are directly supported from salary or stipends paid by NSF and conducting research are subject to the RCR training requirement.

If a UW PI is conducting research supported by an NSF grant and the PI is working with a non-US student who is volunteering effort on the grant and working in Europe, does this student need to complete the RCR Training? 

Only UW students and postdocs directly supported from salary or stipends paid by NSF have to take RCR training through University of Washington.

If I am an individual who has transferred from another institution where an RCR requirement was in place, will any prior training be accepted by the UW, or will I have to take the RCR training required and offered by UW?

If you are a UW student or post-doc receiving funding from NSF, you are required to complete RCR training while at the UW. Previous RCR training completions may not be used to meet the UW requirement.

Does NSF have a Responsible Conduct of Research Frequently Asked Questions webpage? 

NSF recently updated the “Responsible Conduct of Research Frequently Asked Questions” website on August 16, 2010.