These procedures are developed to meet the requirement of both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health that applicant institutions certify that they have in place a program for the training of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the responsible conduct of research. This requirement was promulgated to meet the mandate of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C. 1862o-1).
CITI: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, University of Miami.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a widely accepted set of ethical and professional standards for conducting research. SUNY Empire State College is committed to maintaining the integrity of its research activities through the responsible and ethical conduct of its faculty, staff and students. To this end, the college has developed an institutional plan so that all students and postdoctoral researchers as well as faculty supported by federal research funding can benefit from such training.
Where a research project is federally funded, regardless of the sponsor:
The Office of Sponsored Programs will maintain a database of all students and postdoctoral researchers working on federal funded research projects. Notification of passage of the CITI course will be received by the office and recorded in the database. No student or postdoctoral will be allowed to work on the project until notification of CITI course passage is received. Completion of a research methods course will also be recorded in the database.
Principal and Co-investigators with oversight over students and postdoctoral researchers on their federally funded research project will be included in the database. CITI basic RCR and renewal courses passage will be recorded.
Legislation: America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C. 1862o-1)
Regulations: National Science Foundation – Responsible Conduct of Research
National Institutes of Health – Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research