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 will be funded by federal grants in 2010 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. We therefore expect to be in full compliance by January 2011.
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.