Compliance News & Updates

  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) require research ethics training

    Campus Implementation of the Updated Research Terms & Conditions for USDA NIFA awards:
    The April 2013 Research Terms and Conditions for the USDA-NIFA added a new responsible conduct of research (RCR) training requirement to specific awards.  At UW-Madison, principal investigators, co-investigators and participants paid from the grant must take the “Responsible Conduct of Research” (RCR) course in Learn@UW.  This includes, but is not limited to, undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and sub-recipient participants.

    The Graduate School Office of Research Policy will identify and notify individuals of the training requirement. Once an individual is notified of the requirement, he or she will have 30 days to complete the training module in Learn@ UW.

    Prime recipients are obligated by USDA-NIFA to flow down this term to sub-recipients.

    For more information on the USDA-NIFA RCR training go to this website:

    On this website you will find links to the training, FAQs, help desk contact, and useful Look-Up Tools for the principal investigator and departmental administrator.

    The April 2013 Research Terms and Conditions are located on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Federal-Wide Research Terms and Conditions website:

  • Grant and Contract Submission Requirements Regarding the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanansia of Animals: 2013 Edition

    Implementation of the Updated AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals

    The AVMA issued and posted an update to the 2007 Guidelines on Euthanasia with a new title, AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 Edition available at (PDF). The PHS Policy requires that euthanasia be conducted according to the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia. After September 1, 2013, the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) of grants and contracts must be consistent with the 2013 Guidelines. In their submission to NIH, grant applicants and contract offerors are required to describe any method of euthanasia to be used and the reasons for its selection and to state whether the method proposed is consistent with the 2013 AVMA Guidelines. If the proposed method is not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines, a scientific justification must be included in the VAS.

    For additional information see NOT-OD-13-098 at

  • Export Control and WISPER Screening Tool

    As of June 10, WISPER now includes additional features to aid with Export Control screening and compliance. Training related to Export Controls is offered by Tom Demke and Bethany Nelson from the Graduate School – the next training session will be held on July 23 at 2:00pm in Union South (Room TBD). Registration is not required. Training is also available online via Learn@U W> Export Control for PIs & PMs > Class #1868490.

    Additional information about Export Controls is available on the Graduate School’s website at

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