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Feb. 1: Responsible conduct of research

UD research community encouraged to participate in training session

The University of Delaware Research Office and the Office of Graduate and Professional Education will host a daylong training session in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Multipurpose Room in the Trabant University Center. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Pre-registration is required and may be completed online. Registration closes Jan. 25.

This training session provides an overview of the basic rules and principles that apply to the responsible conduct of research, from ethical considerations in performing research, to requirements associated with the use of human subjects or animals, financial management of research funding, laboratory safety, export controls and conflicts of interest.

Additional topics to be covered include authorship in the scholarly communication of research results and research-related intellectual property issues.

Who is required to attend?

All members of the UD research community are encouraged and welcome to participate. In addition, several federal funding agencies have distinct requirements as to who needs to complete RCR training:

• Per the National Science Foundation (NSF), undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers receiving NSF funding to perform research are required to complete RCR training.

• Under National Institutes of Health (NIH) policy, RCR instruction is to be completed by all trainees, fellows and scholars receiving NIH support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant and dissertation research grant. NIH prescribes the expectation that RCR training will involve substantive contact hours (in-person training) and that it will be completed at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than every four years.

• Per the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and any staff participating in a funded research or research-related project must receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research.

It is the responsibility of each faculty member and principal investigator (PI) to ensure that all personnel funded in their project(s) and required to complete RCR training do so in a timely manner.

All members of the UD research community are encouraged and welcomed to participate in RCR training. Online training is also available throughout the year at www.citiprogram.org.

More information about the RCR options at UD can be found in the Research Office website.

Online training in RCR fulfills the requirements listed above with the exception of NIH, which prescribes in-person instruction. Attendance during the full-day program is expected and a requisite to satisfy the NIH training requirement.

Departments are asked to disseminate this announcement to the appropriate faculty, staff and students in their units. Questions about the RCR training should be directed to Maria Palazuelos at 302-831-8619 or mariapj@udel.edu.

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