In 2007, Congress passed the America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science) Act, which required that "each institution that applies for financial assistance from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project."
For every grant it holds funded by the National Science Foundation, Seattle University must show that it has provided all relevant personnel with adequate training on the responsible conduct of research. For each NSF award, participating members must show proof of having taken the Responsible Conduct of Research module in the discipline pertinent to the research to be undertaken through CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative). The RCR Coordinator at Seattle University will be responsible for certifying that grant personnel have completed the requisite training.
While the NSF requirement applies only to students funded by NSF grants , we strongly encourage CITI’s RCR training for all faculty, students, and staff who engage in research of any kind at Seattle University. Seattle University is committed to the highest possible ethical and scientific conduct in the pursuit of research.