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University of Wyoming Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Requirement

Effective January 4, 2010, the National Science Foundation mandates that all undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF funding must receive Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training (Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act; http://arpa‐‐69.pdf).

The UW Office of Research and Economic Development has registered with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for access to its Responsible Conduct of Research on‐line tutorial. The CITI tutorial provides the basic NSFmandated training. Upon completion of the interactive modules and accompanying quizzes, an electronic certificate will be issued and kept on file in the Office of Research. These certificates will serve as verification that UW has complied with the NSF regulation.

Although PIs and co‐PIs are not required by NSF to complete the RCR training, it is strongly recommended that all persons supported by NSF funding participate in RCR training. In addition to the on‐line course, a listing of campus workshops and courses that include elements of RCR training may be found at: We encourage all researchers to takeadvantage of these opportunities.


To register for the on‐line course, please visit and select "New users register here." Create an account, choose the University of Wyoming, and pick the RCR learner group appropriate for your discipline. The RCR modules must be completed before engaging in any research activities funded by NSF.

Required modules include:

• Research Misconduct;

• Data Management;

• Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship;

• Conflicts of Interest;

• Collaborative Research;

• Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities;

• Human subjects

• Animal welfare

If you have any questions, please contact Farrell Rapp at 766-2047.

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