NSF & USDA-NIFA Training
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.
To take the CITI courses, follow these CITI RCR Registration Instructions or log in to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program.
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.
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 requirements must be completed within the first 30 days the student, postdoctoral fellow, or research staff receive 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.