NSF, NIH, and USDA Training Requirement
Before submitting a proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), PIs must provide OSP with a copy of their Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training plan. See the quotes at the bottom of this page for the NSF, NIH, and USDA official statements.
In partial fulfillment of this requirement, all students and post-doctoral fellows supported by NSF, NIH, and USDA-NIFA funding MUST complete the appropriate Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) RCR training course(s). In addition, supervisors are required to provide additional training specific to the discipline(s) that relate to the project. Professional societies frequently provide materials that are an excellent resource for developing a training plan and links to several of them are provided in the training courses. The Office of Research Integrity also has extensive information about this requirement. For projects involving human subjects or animal research, PIs are also required to submit research and participant training plans to the Committee on Human Subjects Research or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) before applying for funding.
The CITI training courses that Bradley University employees and students have access to through our institutional subscription, which are most applicable to the NIH, NSF, and USDA requirements are Responsible Conduct of Research for NSF, NIH, and USDA Awards: Student Participants and Responsible Conduct of Research for NSF, NIH, and USDA Awards: Investigators and Postdocs.