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Responsible Conduct of Research Institutional Plan


 

Background

The University of TN at Chattanooga takes seriously its obligation to implement and support best practices in research.   The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) provides guidance and support for the implementation of training for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  This RCR Institutional Plan has been developed to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research.

 

Requirements

RCR training is available to everyone at UTC, and the UTC research community is encouraged to complete the training.  However, RCR training is mandatory for personnel receiving support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as outlined below. 

 

NSF (COMPETES Act, 42 U.S.C. 1862o-1)

NSF requires that at the time of proposal submission to NSF, a proposing institution’s authorized representative certify that the institution has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research. While RCR institutional plans are not required to be included in proposals submitted to NSF, the institution is required to have a plan in place. NSF may request a copy of the plan at any time. This policy applies to all proposals submitted on or after January 4, 2010.

There is no action required by the PI at the time of proposal.

 

NIH (NOT-OD-10-019)

NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive training in RCR. This policy is effective with all new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 23, 2010, and for all continuation (Type 5) applications with deadlines on or after January 11, 2011.

An RCR plan will need to be included within the proposal and in some cases the solicitation may request that a copy of the RCR Institutional Plan be submitted with the proposal. In order to meet each program’s requirement, follow the directions on the specific solicitation.

 

USDA

USDA NIFA requires that program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research and that documentation of such training will be maintained. Grantees are advised that the documentation of the training is subject to NIFA review upon request. This policy is effective for awards subject to the February 2013 (and subsequent) Research Terms and Conditions.

There is no action required by the PI at the time of proposal.          

 

Available RCR Training Programs

UTC encourages Principal Investigators to require that graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers obtain their RCR training soon after being hired on the sponsored project.  Continual RCR training should occur through course instruction and faculty/student discussion.  Some training opportunities are listed below.

 

Online Training

UTC has partnered with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program to provide UTC affiliated researchers the opportunity to participate in online research ethics education. 

The following modules are available:

  • Biomedical RCR

  • Social and Behavioral RCR

  • Physical Science RCR

  • Humanities RCR

  • RCR for Engineers

  • RCR for Administrators

  • Research, Ethics, and Society (RCR-Interdisciplinary)

  • Working with the Institutional Review Board

  • Working with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

This training may be accessed at www.citiprogram.org.

First-time users will need to create an account and affiliate themselves with UTC in order to access the courses.

CITI RCR Training is MANDATORY for all NSF, NIH, and USDA supported researchers as part of their RCR plan.

 

Face-to-Face Instructional Courses

In addition to the CITI online RCR course, trainees will have an opportunity to receive face-to-face instruction in RCR through campus workshops and one-on-one interaction with the Office of Research Integrity (ORI).  Researchers are encouraged to speak with the ORI if interested in face-to-face instructional courses.

 

Monitoring Compliance

In order to ensure compliance with the RCR requirements, researchers are required to submit a RCR plan at the time of award notification to the ORI.   The plan should include the start date of the student research activities and the training plan, including the titles of the CITI training modules that the students will take.

Proof of training completion (CITI Completion Certificates and/or RCR Completion Form) must be submitted to the ORI prior to student work start date.

 

Contact

For more information on the UTC RCR Institutional Plan, contact

Lindsay Pardue, Director of Research Compliance
UTC - Office of Research Integrity
Dept. 4915
201 Hooper Hall
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
(423) 425-4443
Lindsay-pardue@utc.edu

Or

Alexa McClellan, Assistant Director of Research Integrity
UTC - Office of Research Integrity
Dept. 4915
201 Hooper Hall
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
(423) 425-1232
alexa-mcclellan@utc.edu             

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