The UW-RF Faculty Senate approved the following Administration Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research (2009/2010/54). This policy also complies with the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C.18620-1), section 7009, implemented by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The policy states that all undergraduate and graduate student researchers and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls who are supported by funding, in full or in part, from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research or education activities must participate in and successfully complete training in the responsible conduct of research. Student researchers supported by other funding sources, such as internal or external grants, may also be required by their faculty mentors to engage in responsible conduct of research training.
The Director of Grants & Research will take the lead in notifying faculty of their obligation to ensure their researchers appropriate training. In turn, faculty mentors will contact appropriate undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to inform them about responsible conduct of research training. Faculty Mentors/Principal Investigators are encouraged, but not required, to complete the online tutorials.
The training consists of online tutorials created by the Center of Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (http://www.responsibleresearch.org). Tutorials 1.0 through 3.5 will be completed sequentially, though they need not be completed in one sitting. The amount of time to complete the interactive online tutorials is approximately 1 hour. Use your email address and indicated an affiliation with UWRF when registering with the website. Upon completion of the tutorials, the Director of Grants & Research will receive automated notification.