RECR Requirements for NSF Trainees
Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research Institutional Plan – NSF
**Note** NSF’s RECR policy has been amended to require mandatory RECR training for faculty and other senior personnel in addition to trainees who will be supported by NSF to conduct research as of July 31, 2023. UTC’s RECR policy has likewise been amended to comply with these new guidelines, and these new requirements will be implemented immediately for new awards.
NSF RECR requirements apply to all faculty, senior personnel, undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral researchers who receive salary or stipend support from NSF to conduct research. These requirements also apply to students receiving scholarships, tuition remission, and/or stipends from NSF while enrolled in an academic program that includes a requirement to conduct research (e.g., as part of a Research Methods course or Capstone project), even if that research is not directly supported by NSF.
People who are subject to the requirements for RECR training are expected to complete core training appropriate to their educational level, as noted below. The Principal Investigator or Project Director for each NSF award may identify additional optional training requirements based on the type(s) of research to be conducted.
The Office of Research Integrity will contact Principal Investigators at the time of NSF award notification to discuss whether the RECR training requirement applies to the award. If it does, Principal Investigators must: 1) complete the mandatory RECR training themselves 2) provide a list of senior personnel and trainees who will be supported by NSF funds and require RECR instruction, 2) update the list if NSF support is provided to new individuals over the course of the project, 3) indicate the date that NSF support will begin for each individual, and 4) identify any additional RECR training to be provided beyond the core components, and the timetable for delivery.
Faculty, senior personnel, and trainees who will be involved in conducting research while receiving support from NSF must: 1) complete mandatory RECR training and education within the applicable timeframe, and 2) complete optional or refresher RECR training as assigned.
The Office of Research Integrity will verify that all researchers and trainees have completed required RECR training and maintain records of completion for each federally funded project that requires RECR training.
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program)
Please note that you will need to register as a new user and associate yourself with UTC in order to access the courses. Click "add courses" once you have registered and complete the questionnaire to generate applicable courses.
For step-by-step instructions on how to register with CITI and add the RECR courses to your curriculum, please view the CITI Tutorial – RECR