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Responsible Conduct of Research

Conducting and reporting research ethically is fundamental to academic research and part of the mission of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Responsible Conduct of Research is defined as awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. The behavior of researchers must inspire trust with the public and within the scientific community and among colleagues. The University strives to foster the highest scholarly and ethical standards among its students, faculty, and staff.  The Responsible Conduct of Research Training Policy describes the research ethics training requirements set forth by the university.

The current policy for Responsible Conduct of Research can be found here: Responsible Conduct of Research Training

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s responsible conduct of research training emphasizes instructional areas suggested by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity and guidelines from the  National Institutes of Health.  Responsible conduct of research training may occur in three components.  To meet the requirements of NSF, NIH, and USDA-NIFA grant terms and conditions, the following responsible conduct of research training will be followed:

Component I

NIH Grants

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires a minimum of eight hours of face-to-face training for trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars supported by certain types of D, F, K, R, T and U awards. The training requirement applies to the following programs:  D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R.   This policy also applies to any other NIH-funded programs supporting research training, career development, or research education that require instruction in responsible conduct of research as stated in the relevant funding opportunity announcements.

The NIH recommends the topics below for comprehensive research ethics training:

  • Conflict of Interest- Personal, Professional, and Financial
  • Policies regarding human subjects; live vertebrate animal use in research and safe laboratory practices
  • Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Collaborative Research, including Collaborations with Industry
  • Peer Review
  • Data Acquisition and Laboratory Tools: Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Research Misconduct and Policies for Handling Misconduct
  • Responsible Authorship and Publication
  • The Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society, Contemporary Ethical Issues in Biomedical Research, and the Environmental and Societal Impacts of Scientific Research

NSF and USDA-NIFA Grants

Interactive online tutorials created by CITI Program (http://citiprogram.org/) will be made available to all identified individuals requiring training.  The course content is tailored to the discipline.  The following Responsible Conduct in Research Courses are available: RCR for Life Sciences, RCR for Social and Behavioral Science, RCR for Physical Science, or RCR for Arts and Humanities. Instructions for accessing the online CITI Program training may be located here: https://uwosh.edu/sponsoredprograms/rcr/.

The modules will be completed sequentially, though they do not need to be completed in one sitting. The amount of time to complete the interactive online tutorials is estimated to be between one and three hours. The undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers should complete the tutorials individually and on their own schedule, either prior to or in the early weeks of the research work, and prior to receiving compensation.

Interactive online tutorials overview researchers’ rights and obligations; collaboration, communication, and grants management; and intellectual property. More specifically, they address core elements of:

  • Data acquisition & management
  • Mentoring & Trainee responsibilities
  • Research Misconduct
  • Peer Review
  • Authorship
  • Collaborative Research
  • Conflicts of Interest

The interactive online tutorials have a built-in system for verification. During registration, identified undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral researchers provide their email address and indicate an affiliation with UW Oshkosh. Upon tutorial completion, a completion report is kept in the online system, and a copy is emailed to the user.  Please send a copy of the completion report to the Office of Sponsored Programs at OSP@uwosh.edu to verify training completion.

 
Component II
 

Individuals conducting experiments with human or animal subjects or hazardous biological materials require additional training as set forth by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh:

  • Human Subjects Research Training
    Training in the ethical and appropriate use of humans as research subjects is required following regulations outlined in the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects “Common Rule” prior to engaging in human subjects research. Human subjects research training instructions can be found here: IRB Training - Office of Sponsored Programs University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (uwosh.edu)
  • Animal Welfare Training
    Training in the ethical and appropriate use of animals as research subjects is required following regulations outlined in the USDA Animal Welfare Act and Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and through requirements established by the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).
    Animal Welfare training instructions can be found here:  IACUC Training - Office of Sponsored Programs University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (uwosh.edu)
  • Biological Safety Training
    Training in biosafety techniques is required for personnel conducting experiments involving recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids or biohazardous biological materials  as outlined in the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules.  Biosafety training instructions can be found here: IBC Training - Office of Sponsored Programs University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (uwosh.edu)

Component III

All identified undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers must receive some in person instruction related to responsible conduct of research as part of their working relationship with faculty researchers. Given the diverse areas and experiences provided at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, it will be the responsibility of faculty mentors to devise and provide education that is appropriate for the content, context, and discipline of the research. Faculty mentors will submit verification to the Office of Sponsored Programs confirming that suitable preparation in the responsible conduct of research occurred.  Verification of in-person training is submitted through the following Responsible Conduct of Research Training Documentation Form: https://forms.office.com/r/eMhhHUdavq

Responsible Conduct of Research Training Requirements

  National Institutes of Health (NIH)  certain D, F, K,R,T, U awards National Science Foundation (NSF) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Project Involving Human Subjects Project Involving Vertebrate Animals Projects Involving Hazardous Biological Materials
Undergraduate Students 8 hours of Face to Face training Online CITI RCR Training, Face to Face training with PI Online CITI RCR Training, Face to Face training with PI Online CITI Human Subjects Training Online CITI and Face to Face Animal Certification Online CITI Biosafety Training
Graduate Students 8 hours of Face to Face training Online CITI RCR Training, Face to Face training with PI Online CITI RCR Training, Face to Face training with PI Online CITI Human Subjects Training Online CITI and Face to Face Animal Certification Online CITI Biosafety Training
Principal Investigator/ Project Director 8 hours of Face to Face training Document Face to Face training with students

Online CITI RCR Training

Document Face to Face training with students

Online CITI Human Subjects Training Online CITI and Face to Face Animal Certification Online CITI Biosafety Training
RCR Training Documentation (PI uses this form to document student RCR training) Form

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