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 https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Documents/euthanasia.pdf (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 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-13-098.html
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 http://www.grad.wisc.edu/research/policyrp/ec/index.htm.
The Current Research Information System (CRIS) is a USDA reporting mechanism used to document the progress of current Hatch, Hatch Multistate, McIntire-Stennis, Animal Health and USDA grants. The system will soon be going through a large update and, following the update, will be called REEport.
The current CRIS reporting site will be down from April 15th to May 5th. REEport will be live starting May 6th.
This will affect many faculty who have a progress/final 4/21 report due for their AFRI, NIFA, Hatch, or McStennis grant after April 15th. These will need to be submitted in the new system.
If you receive a new award from USDA, please notify Casey Hillmer right away when receiving the notice. She will work with you to set up and submit the new CRIS forms.
CALS will provide training for the new REEport system. Please look for notices about upcoming trainings. If you have any questions, please contact Casey Hillmer at 608-262-2397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit http://cwf.uvm.edu/cris/crisnews.htm for more information about the REEport deployment.
Animal Protocol forms should now be submitted to Diane Johnson, 265-3989 email@example.com
The AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) Council granted CALS full continued accreditation on Feb. 13, 2013.
The next CALS AAALAC reaccreditation visit will be in the fall of 2015.
RARC will be conducting grant/animal protocol congruency verifications for Public Health Service grants with animal use. The process is currently being beta-tested and the plan is to fully implement the process by July, 2013, at which time Congruence Review will be required.
More information can be found at the RARC website:
Any necessary forms will be posted at the address above, once they are required.We will provide additional details and dates as the process unfolds.
If you have any additional questions about these new procedures or how they may impact you, please feel free to contact:
Grant-Protocol Congruence Specialist
An AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) reaccreditation visit to CALS was completed in Sept. 2012. Reaccreditation determination is expected in March 2013.
New Federal Regulations on Financial Conflicts of Interest took effect across the country on August 24, 2012. Continue reading →
The policies listed below were added or amended during the past few months. Please review these policies and consider their impact on your work. Contact Cheryl Deering, (608) 262-2536 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about these changes.
- 2010-037: Policy on the Use of Non-pharmaceutical-Grade Compounds in Research Animals Amended 6/01/2012
- 2012-046: Use of Tribromoethanol (Avertin) Published 5/25/2012
- 2012-045: Laboratory Housing of Animals Published 5/25/2012
- 2012-047: Access to UW Animal Use Areas Published 6/01/2012
- 2012-044: Zebrafish Larval Form Published 5/04/2012
- 2012-048: Photography and Videography in UW Animal Use Areas Published 6/20/2012