Responsible Conduct of Research


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Ethics are fundamental to all academic research. They foster the trust necessary for complex institutions of modern research to function. In particular, researchers’ behavior must inspire their colleagues’ trust in their research results and the public’s trust that the information created through university research is reliable and that public funding of research is valuable.

Research ethics at UW-Madison are informed by the following policies:

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  • All undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF research funding at the University of Wisconsin must complete Responsible Conduct of Research training (offered online via Learn@UW).
  • This requirement applies to all participants on USDA-NIFA awards, subcontracts, and continuations for proposals submitted on or after April 1, 2013. Participants on USDA-NIFA award includes, but is not limited to, principal investigators, co-investigators, undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and sub-recipient participants.
  • PIs receiving NSF or USDA-NIFA funding are notified of the RCR training requirement in the NSF Notice of Award or the USDA-NIFA Terms and Conditions. In addition, individuals who must complete training will be identified via payroll records and notified of their training requirements via email.
  • Once an individual is notified of the requirement, he or she will have 30 days to complete the training module
  • Individuals who do not complete the training within 30 days will be removed from the NSF award or USDA-NIFA funding and paid with non-sponsored departmental funds.
  • Training is also recommended for those not currently required to complete this course.

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  • RCR training is available online via Learn@UW. To complete the course, log into Learn@UW and click Self Registration in the upper-right corner of the screen. Choose Responsible Conduct of Research from the course list and follow the prompts to complete registration.
  • After registration, users may access the course at any time by logging into Learn@UW.
  • See the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education UW-Madison RCR Training page for additional instructions.

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