FAQs

MIT has selected the CITI course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) to provide a basic course in RCR. We encourage everyone in the MIT community to take this training. Below are the answers to some commonly asked questions.

  • You will receive a letter about RCR training when your salary becomes supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF requires that all undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral associates and fellows supported on its awards complete Responsible Conduct of Research Training. MIT uses the online CITI Program to meet this requirement.

  • There are instructions for certificate installation at http://ca.mit.edu.

  • Read this Quick Card on affiliating your training with MIT.

  • Log back in using the same email address that you used when you did the online training. Select "Print Completion Report" and review it carefully. Be sure you have taken Responsible Conduct of Research. This is different from Human Subject training, which is a separate requirement for some people. Check to be sure MIT is listed as the institution. If not, read this Quick Card on affiliating your training with MIT. If you have reviewed your report and still have questions please email rcr-help@mit.edu.

  • Read MIT’s policy regarding NSF RCR training at the RAS website. You should also speak with your PI or local department administrator. If the consensus is that you are exempt from the training please contact rcr-help@mit.edu.

  • Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act was directed soley at the National Science Foundation, and the foundations implementation therefore applies to proposals submitted or due to NSF on or after January 4, 2010. NSF is aware that other agencies may have other RCR training requirements.

  • The RCR training requirement applies to new proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 4, 2010, to conduct research, which excludes, for example, conference, symposium, workshop, or travel proposals.

  • All MIT undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers paid by NSF research awards subject to the America COMPETES Act MUST complete this training no more than sixty days after salaries are charged to the account. RAS strongly recommends that this training be completed within 30 days after salaries are charged to the account.

  • Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring that all students and postdoctorals supported on their research awards subject to the America COMPETES Act complete the required training. PIs will be made aware of the applicability of the training requirement through the standard Notice of Award Process. Departmental Administrators play a key role in ensuring compliance with this requirement, consistent with all compliance activities. Email notifications will be sent to the PI and Department Administrators to remind them of due dates for completion. Reports are available to verify training completion.

  • Yes. The RCR training requirement does flow down to all subawardees at any tier. MIT must therefore ensure that these RCR requirements are appropriately met.

  • Yes. Charges will need to be retroactively removed if training is not completed.

  • No. It is not required that the training be completed at that time. The MIT plan for training requires that training be completed within 60 days of their salary being charged to the account. RAS strongly recommends that the training be completed within 30 days.

  • PIs are not required to report on RCR training in final or annual reports.

  • No.