Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

As directed by the America COMPETES Act of 2007, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training is required of all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will participate in National Science Foundation (NSF) funded programs awarded after January 4, 2010.

The University of Dayton’s plan to meet the NSF requirements for RCR Training is available upon request from the Office of Contracts & Grants. Upon notice of award and before initiation of a grant account for an NSF award, the University of Dayton Principal Investigator will meet with the Office of Contracts and Grants to review the award and discuss more specifically the RCR training plan for those who will participate in the program. 

NSF Principal Investigators, students and postdoctoral researchers will be provided with UD’s RCR Handbook which includes the current policies that apply to sponsored research at the University of Dayton.  Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, the individuals receiving training will review these policies and document that these policies have been reviewed.  You will complete this process for yourself and those working on your project and return the documentation to the Grants Administrator. 

On-line training is provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) which is available at Please contact the Grants Administrator to determine which modules are required and for assistance in completing this training.  Case studies and additional live training are currently being developed and information on these components will be provided as they are available.

NSF mandates this training for students and post docs on awards after January 4, 2010.  However, this training is being made available to principal investigators and their staff on all active grants and pending applications.  Please submit the staffing plan for your project as soon as possible to ensure compliance with the University’s RCR training plan.  If you require assistance in completing any component of the training, please contact the Grants Administrator, Megan Rehberg, (937) 229-2919, Campus Zip 0104.

Thank you for your cooperation with this important initiative.