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What is RCR?

The acronym RCR stands for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

 

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What does RCR include?

As defined by federal agencies, RCR encompasses the following nine areas: research misconduct, human participants, research involving animals, data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership, mentor/trainee responsibilities, publication practices and responsible authorship, peer review, collaborative science, and conflicts of interests. A 10th element “Responsible and Safe Laboratory Practices” is included in the ASU operational plan in accordance with NIH regulations.

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Why is the training required?

To comply with the Congressional mandate under the America Competes Act and to demonstrate the ASU commitment to providing the highest quality education for all students and scholars. Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research is essential to produce the best scientists and researchers for the future.

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What is the America COMPETES Act?

The America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act of 2007 or America COMPETES Act was enacted to ensure our nation’s competitive position in the world through improvements in math and science education and a strong commitment to research.

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Who has to take the training?

Undergraduates, Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers who are supported on an ASU sponsored project.

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How do I access the online training?

https://www.citiprogram.org

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Why are there different requirements for undergraduate, graduate student and postdoctoral researchers?

The ASU RCR training plan is being tailored to meet the needs of the individuals and the career stage of those who participate in sponsored research. We believe a graduated, tiered approach is the best solution to meet these needs.

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What do undergraduate students have to do to become certified?

Complete Phase I of the ASU RCR Implementation plan which involves completing the basic online reading assignments with an on-line question and answer session. A passing grade of 80% is required to receive a certification of completion.

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What do graduate students have to do to become certified?

Complete Phase I RCR Implementation plan which involves completing the comprehensive online reading assignments with an on-line question and answer session. A passing grade of 80% is required to receive a certification of completion for Phase I.

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What do postdoctoral researchers have to do to become certified?

Complete Phase I of the ASU RCR Implementation plan which involves completing the comprehensive on-line reading assignment with an on-line question and answer session as well as Phase II which includes participation in interactive face-to-face training opportunities (workshops, symposia and classes). A schedule of current workshops can be found at http://researchintegrity.asu.edu/training/rcr

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How long do I have to take the training?

All online training needs to be completed within 60 days of hire. Interactive training for postdoctoral researchers is required during the first year of employment.

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How long is the training good for?

The Phase I and II components are required one time only. During Phase III all students and postdoctoral researchers on sponsored research projects will be provided continuing education in RCR topics in the research setting with the Principal Investigator or qualified designee. The goal of Phase III is to provide continuous mentoring of the students and postdoctoral researchers to allow them to understand, discuss, and apply responsible conduct of research in the research setting.

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What happens if I don’t complete the training within the timeline?

The responsible Principal Investigator will be notified and a corrective action plan will be required.

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How will I know if individuals on my research grant have completed the necessary training?

An online Dashboard has been developed that is available to principal investigators and Research Advancement administrators to monitor project specific certification. Contact RCR@asu.eduto gain access to this tool.

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How will principal investigators know if their students/postdocs are not fulfilling the requirements?

In addition to referring to the Dashboard, PI’s will be notified by ORIA by email.

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How will undergraduates/graduate students/postdocs know if the training requirement pertains to them?

They will be notified by ORIA by email and a task flag will be placed on their My ASU “To Do” list.

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What happens when someone does not comply?

ORIA will follow up individually with principal investigators and individuals to monitor compliance and will work with the OVPREA and ORSPA in terms of implementing necessary corrective actions.

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If I have taken RCR training at another institution does that satisfy the ASU training requirements?

The CITI certification (PHASE I) of online training is transferable for components that are shared among institutions. PHASE II and PHASE III training requirements are ASU specific and are not transferable.

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Does taking the CITI RCR online training program count for Human Subjects Training?

No. Human Subject Protections require additional specific training for certification in the areas proscribed by federal regulatory requirements and institutional policies of the Institutional Review Boards.

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Does the CITI online training plan count for animal care and use training?

No. Animal Welfare requires additional specific training for certification in this area as required by federal regulations and institutional policies of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

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Do the RCR training requirements apply to subcontractors?

Yes, certification by each subcontractor is required.

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Do undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers paid by cost share accounts have to complete the training requirements?

Yes

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Is the RCR training requirement the same thing as NSF’s “Postdoctoral Mentoring Requirement”?

No, the Postdoctoral Mentoring requirement is a separate initiative requiring the submission of a mentoring plan that is described in a supplemental document specific to each proposal submission. The plan is considered during the merit review process.

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Will I receive a certificate when my training is complete?

Yes, CITI provides a certificate upon completion of Phase I and ORIA will send out a certificate of completion to individuals who have completed Phase II. The principal investigator will be notified as well.

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Who maintains the RCR training records?

The Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) will maintain records of training certifications.

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Who is responsible for documenting ongoing training required by the Plan?

The Principal Investigator is responsible for providing continuing education in RCR topics in the research setting. The goal of this phase is to mentor the student or postdoctoral researcher to understand, discuss, and apply responsible conduct of research in the research setting. ORIA has provided a sample log for the principal investigator on the ORIA RCR website.

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What resources are available to principal investigators?

Continuing education materials including case studies, videos, recent news items, text book citations are a few examples of the material that are available on the ORIA RCR website.

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Where do I go to learn more about the RCR?

See the ASU ORIA site at http://researchintegrity.asu.edu/rcr. Check back often as the ORIA RCR site is regularly updated.

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Who can I call with questions?

ORIA main line: (480) 965-6788, option 4.

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