The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers. Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C. 1862o–1 requires that ‘‘each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.
Effective for applications submitted on or after January 4, 2010, NSF requires the proposing institution’s authorized organizational representative (AOR) to certify that the institution has a plan in place to provide appropriate training and oversight for students (undergraduate and graduate) and post-doctoral fellows who will be supported by NSF to conduct research. Plans are not to be submitted with the proposals. However, plans are subject to NSF review on request. Tufts is required to verify that the students and fellows have received the required training.
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Each individual is reminded to please keep a copy of his/her certificate of completion. Principal Investigators are required to retain a copy of education certificates for all research team members; these documents are subject to audit.