Responsible Conduct of Research Requirement for NSF

Responsible Conduct of Research is a requirement that all students (undergraduate, graduates and post doctoral students) be trained in the topics of responsible conduct of research (RCR). MIT certifies on all proposals being submitted after January 4th, 2010 that a plan exists at MIT to train these students. There is no requirement for researchers to describe the RCR training plan in proposals and Principal Investigators should not do so. Any discussion of training in the proposal will make the training a requirement of the proposal and be subject to audit, according to the NSF. Therefore, training program details should only be included in the proposal if it is required under the specific NSF funding program (e.g. for IGERT awards).

See the OSP RCR pages for more information.