NSF, USDA-NIFA, NIH Training
NSF or USDA-NIFA
Required training must be completed by those working on projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, US Department of Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Failure to complete this training will jeopardize your ability to work on any research project supported by NSF or USDA-NIFA funding. The required and recommended training depends on your role:
- PIs, co-PIs, and others in upper management positions (on USDA-NIFA projects only) must complete the University’s RCR Core Curriculum.
- Non-PI postdoctoral fellows and graduate and undergraduate students must complete either Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) online coursework or one of the courses, seminars or activities from the approved courses list.
- Research staff (on USDA-NIFA projects only) must complete the CITI research ethics curriculum.
Approved Courses, Seminars and Activities
Many University of Minnesota courses and seminars meet the research ethics training requirement for NSF or USDA-NIFA. Some are for-credit offerings and enrollment may be limited to students accepted into a specific degree program. All courses, seminars or other activities must include core topics related to authorship and plagiarism, data/research integrity and reporting misconduct.
CITI has developed an online responsible conduct of research curriculum that can be used to meet the NSF or USDA-NIFA requirement. To access this curriculum:
- Go to https://www.citiprogram.org/.
- Create an account using your University of Minnesota email address.
- Complete registration steps 1–7. On step 7, answer question 4 then scroll down to question 6 and select the type of research).
- Sign in.
- Go to Main Menu and click on course link.
Report Approved Training
If your program does not report completed courses and activities directly to the Research Compliance Office, students can submit a completion form. Completion of the RCR core curriculum or the CITI research ethics workshop will be automatically recorded.
Training requirement must be completed within the first 30 days the student, postdoctoral fellow, or research staff receives funding to conduct research on an NSF- or USDA-NIFA-funded project. If a student is enrolled in a semester-long course that extends beyond the 30-day deadline, the student must provide proof of completion of the course.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) require that recipients of the following award types complete a research ethics training requirement:
- Institutional Research Training Grants
- Individual Fellowship Awards
- Career Development Awards
- Research Education Grants
- Dissertation Research Grants
- Certain other programs with a training
Applicants to these programs must complete the University of Minnesota RCR Core Curriculum. They must also seek opportunities for formal and informal training that is in-person, ongoing, relevant to their own disciplines and appropriate to their career stage. Applicants are required to provide detailed descriptions of these activities as part of their applications for funding and reports.