Research Compliance

 

Responsible Conduct of Research Training at Kean University

 

It is the policy of Kean University to ensure that all faculty, students, and staff conducting research are trained in the responsible and ethical conduct of research. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs provides education and support in current guidelines, regulatory requirements, and best practices for the responsible conduct of research. All faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research on awards made after January 4, 2010 must complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training before starting any research activity. All investigators, grant directors, undergraduates, graduate students, or other personnel engaged in non-NSF funded research, whether funded externally or internally, are strongly encouraged to complete RCR training. Kean University also offers other courses including Human Subjects Research and Health Information Privacy and Security training to fulfill other requirements. Contact Dr. Joseph Cronin, Assistant Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, with any specific research training questions.

Kean University is an affiliated institution with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), an on-line resource that provides a comprehensive basic course in the responsible conduct of research for faculty, students, and staff. CITI offers six discipline-specific RCR courses to choose from: Biomedical Research, Social and Behavioral Research, Physical Science, Humanities, Engineering, and a course specifically for administrators. Choose only the course that fits your regulatory need. Complete only one. You do not have to complete all of the modules at one sitting. You can log out, return, and complete them at your own pace. A certificate is available for users to print/save upon completion. CITI allows the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to access training records to verify completion of training.

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National Science Foundation (NSF) Supported Research

 

Section 7009 of the America Competes Act, signed into law in 2007 and effective January 4, 2010, mandates training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) for all researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Completion of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) RCR course satisfies this requirement. Responsibility for compliance with the NSF RCR mandate rests primarily with principal investigators.

  • All faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research on awards made after January 4, 2010 must complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training before starting any research activity

  • No new award accounts will be established without documentation of RCR training completion for all principal investigators, co-investigators, and senior personnel included within the NSF award.

  • No payments will be approved for researchers or students on an NSF award until the RCR training is complete and certification has been provided to the ORSP.

  • Principal investigators shall identify staff, graduate, and undergraduate students to be hired on NSF-funded projects and ensure completion of RCR training before a hiring request will be approved.

  • Principal investigators, co-investigators and senior personnel submitting NSF proposals are encouraged to complete training through the CITI RCR training course at the time of proposal submission to NSF.

  • Principal investigators, co-investigators and senior personnel on NSF-funded projects awarded prior to January 4, 2010 are strongly encouraged to complete the CITI RCR training.
Note: CITI training completed at another institution may be transferred to Kean University by affiliating with both institutions. Do not remove your affiliation from past institutions as CITI will also delete training records acquired at that institution.