Office of Research Integrity and Outreach

RCR Training

In order to maintain compliance with NIH and NSF requirements, USM conducts a mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) in-person training twice a year, typically in the Spring and Fall semesters. The location and date of these sessions will be posted on the ORIO website ahead of time to provide sufficient notice. These in-person training sessions will be a total of four hours and must be completed in conjunction with the CITI RCR training module.

The following grant personnel must attend one of these training sessions every four years:

  1. For National Institute of Health (NIH) grants: Any "trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars" receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant Please note this RCR training requirement only applies to the following NIH projects: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R programs, or where the funding opportunity announcement states instruction in RCR is required.
  2. For National Science Foundation (NSF) grants: Any students (undergraduates and graduates) and postdoctoral researchers who receive NSF funds (support from salary and/or stipends to conduct research on NSF grants).

All grant personnel required to attend the in-person training session must also complete the CITI RCR module titled: General RCR, Basic Course every four years. The instructions to the training can be found at: http://usm.maine.edu/orio/rcr-training .

If a legitimate reason exists for a student or other grant personnel not attending one of these sessions, please contact ORIO to set-up an alternative training session.

Click here to register for the next bi-annual in-person RCR training.

If you have successfully completed an RCR training at another location please contact ORIO to determine if the training qualifies for your current USM RCR training requirement.

For any questions on this training requirement, please contact us at: usmorio@usm.maine.edu