Frequently Asked Questions
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 to ensure a strong national commitment to research.
Because USA is committed to providing the highest quality education for all students and scholars and believes that instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research is essential for encouraging and producing the best scientists and researchers for the future. See Institutional Policy on RCR Training for Students (PDF).
Proposals And Awards Timeline
USA’s RCR Institutional Training Plan
USA’s Authorized Organizational Representative certifies that a plan is in place with each NSF proposal submission.
The Office of Sponsored Programs certifies that USA has implemented an RCR training plan by signing the grant applications that are submitted to NSF. The PI will be responsible for informing new hires of the requirements. The Office of Research Compliance and Assurance (ORCA) will have to access to data available from the approved RCR training options and NSF funded research personnel. ORCA will periodically review the data for compliance and notify PIs of non-compliance. ORCA will make this data available upon request from NSF or individual faculty member.
It is online at the Research Compliance and Assurance website http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/research/compliance/responsible-conduct/ This plan meets requirements of the NSP COMPETES Act Section 7009.
Yes, they must complete the appropriate training curriculum as defined in the RCR Training for Students policy document.
The online CITI training certification is transferable for components that are shared among institutions. If additional training is required, which is dependent on level of education for students, other requirements specific to USA are not transferable.