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To ensure that investigators trained with NIH support receive formal instruction in the responsible conduct of research.
NIH mandates that trainees on an NIH institutional research training grant, individual fellowship, career development award (institutional or individual), research education grant, dissertation research grant, or other grant programs that have a significant training component have a minimum of eight hours of formal instruction at least once during each career stage and at least every four years.
This policy affects all new, renewal, and noncompeting applications.
Responsible conduct of research is the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles for all activities related to scientific research.
Your grant application must include a plan for how you will carry out instruction in responsible conduct of research. This plan will not affect your overall impact score, but if you fail to include a plan, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until you provide an acceptable plan of instruction. If you get a fundable score but submit an unacceptable plan, you will need to revise it before you can get an award.
Your plan must address the following five instructional components.
Institutional Applications: PIs must address the five instructional components and describe how they will monitor participation.
Special Considerations by Type of Award:
In the rare instance that your institution does not offer any formal instruction, you can also create an individualized plan.
Address the five instructional components listed above.
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Applicants: Contact the AITrainingHelpDesk@niaid.nih.gov.
Grantees: Contact the program officer or grants management specialist listed on your Notice of Award.
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Last Updated February 12, 2013
Last Reviewed February 12, 2013