For all research personnel – students, staff and faculty – please ensure your research team is up-to-date on their Responsible Conduct of Research Training. This is required for all NSF and NIH personnel and strongly encouraged for all other researchers to uphold SU's commitment to responsible and ethical research. This training should be completed at least every four years.
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."
NIH mandates that trainees on an NIH institutional research training grant, individual fellowship, career development award (institutional or individual), research education grant, dissertation research grant, or other grant programs that have a significant training component have a minimum of eight hours of formal instruction at least once during each career stage and at least every four years.
For every grant it holds funded by the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health, Seattle University must show that it has provided all relevant personnel with adequate training on the responsible conduct of research. For each NSF and NIH 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.
Policy & Procedure
In order to meet the RCR requirement, all researchers must receive Responsible Conduct in Research training for any institutional research project they engage in that is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As such:
For questions about this requirement or CITI, please contact the Director of OSP, Jenna Isakson, (206) 296-6161.