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Federal RCR Education Policy

Effective January 4, 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF), in response to Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act, began requiring appropriate training and oversight in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) for principal investigators, undergraduate and graduate students, and other key personnel participating in research funded by NSF. 

Effective January 25, 2010, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) implemented a complementary policy requiring RCR instruction for any individual supported by any NIH training, research, education, fellowship, or career award and mandating the university to maintain records demonstrating that NIH-supported personnel received the required instruction.

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