Postdoctoral Researchers (including post-doc research fellows, post-doc research associates and associate research scholars)
It is the University’s expectation that all categories of researchers, if at all possible, take an appropriate RCR course in their department or program. However, an online course just prior to or just after the post-doctoral appointment date will be accepted as an interim measure for meeting the University requirement when the regular course is not available for more than 6 months after the start of the appointment. Generally, on-line training will not satisfy the NIH training requirement.
Departments should consider whether to require RCR instruction for all its graduate students regardless of funding source, anticipating that specific funding assignments can change unexpectedly. For this reason and because the University believes that such training is simply good professional development for all graduate students, the University expects departments, or related clusters of departments, to provide RCR training to all graduate students in the natural sciences and mathematics, engineering, and the social sciences within their first two years of study, regardless of the mode of funding expected in later years of study.
In the short term, and in order to achieve basic compliance immediately for all students, we will require second-year-through-DCE students who are funded by federal grants in 2010 and later to successfully complete an appropriate RCR training program, whether a departmental course or an on-line training module, by the end of the calendar year.
Undergraduate Students and Visiting Student Research Collaborators (VSRC)
These two classes of students may receive support from federal grants for short and less predictable periods of time. (Visiting Student Research Collaborators, or VSRCs, for example, are in residence at Princeton from as little as one month to as much as 12 months and are not tied to regular academic terms.) For that reason, VSRCs and undergraduates will be required to complete an appropriate course or on-line training module (such as those offered by CITI group) before receiving payment from a federal grant.
NIH Individual and Institutional Awardees
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 instruction in responsible conduct of research. This policy took effect with all new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010, and for all continuation applications with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011.
This applies to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R. This policy also applies to any other NIH-funded programs supporting research training, career development, or research education that require instruction in responsible conduct of research as stated in the relevant funding opportunity announcements.
Additional information and guidance can be found at NIH OER Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research.
All undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who are supported by NSF to conduct research on research grants submitted after January 4, 2010 are included in the policy.
Additional information and guidance can be found at NSF - Responsible Conduct of Research