Guidance on NIH Training Awards
Below is suggested wording to describe the University of Minnesota RCR curriculum, for use on applications for training-related funding from NIH.
Applicants should supplement this information with detailed descriptions of college-, department-, or discipline-specific responsible conduct of research instruction in which they have participated. Please consult requirements specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, or see the NIH Guidelines for additional instructions, and amend the following wording as necessary to meet the requirements of the funding program:
All members of the University of Minnesota are expected to exemplify the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct. In 1999, The Board of Regents adopted the policy, “Submitting and Accepting Sponsored Projects,” and the University of Minnesota Senate approved the “Education in the Responsible Conduct of Sponsored Research and Grants Management Policy.” These policies require that all faculty and principal investigators complete instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCR) as a prerequisite for the receipt of sponsored project funding. In support of the policies, the University offers a curriculum of information, instructional materials, workshops, and contacts to help PIs and investigators meet the challenge of responsible conduct in research and scholarship.
The RCR core curriculum includes basic principles that are based on key concepts and best practices of research integrity. It is an online workshop. The core curriculum can be completed in 6–8 hours. The workshops were developed by national and international subject matter experts and University of Minnesota faculty members. The workshops include interactive materials, video presentations, and review of case studies. They address the following ethical topics: Social and Professional Responsibilities, Reporting Misconduct, Mentoring, Authorship, Plagiarism, Peer Review, Fiscal Responsibilities, Intellectual Property, and Research Data Management.
To be eligible as a principal investigator, the RCR core curriculum must be completed. In addition, eligibility requires instruction on the following specific topics if they are relevant to the research or sponsored project: Environmental Health and Safety, Animal Research Subjects, and Protecting Human Subjects. Formats for this research-specific training vary, but are mainly online introductions that may be supplemented with in-person presentations and/or discussions. Duration and frequency of instruction on these topics varies. Faculty and administrative subject matter experts developed online workshops. Records of completion of all training are tracked electronically.