Since the newer requirements for inclusion of training plans in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) were issued by federal funders, the Office of Regulatory Compliance and its satellite offices have been asked for an official institutional version of a plan that could be used, as opposed to each individual grant submission needing to “reinvent the wheel”.
The administrative research offices at University of Colorado Denver|AMC desire to assist their researchers by making processes easier and as streamlined as possible, so this repeated inquiry was considered for development.
However, due to the very individual nature of each grant project and its particular participants, it is impossible to write a generic plan that will suffice to fit the many scenarios.
Each researcher is at a different stage of their research career, has a unique background or history of RCR training already completed (especially if they come from a different institution), and has areas of personal need for instruction to meet current project demands.
Also, each department or lab offers its own formal and informal supplemental instruction and topic discussions that help fulfill RCR training.
Finally, each of the funding agencies requires differing levels and particulars for meeting its implementation of the America COMPETES Act in this regard.
With the previous in mind, what follows is what our institution currently offers. The text which follows below may be copied and pasted in its entirety, or (more likely) may be excerpted and inserted within an original text by the grant writer, who selects what is applicable to the person[s] involved in the project.
The full one-page text can also be printed as a .pdf or inserted (added) to another .pdf file.
For the NIH, the limit is one page in Arial font size 11 with half-inch margins.
Also following are additional suggestions of what can be included in your individual plan to meet certain needs, and resources for RCR instruction to assist faculty in constructing sessions within their department or lab group.
Please contact the Office of Regulatory Compliance with any questions or with feedback regarding needed changes as future processing may reveal.
The University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campuses offer formal instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), available in this document.
Graduate students, postdocs, faculty and other research scholars have two avenues available to meet federal agency requirements: 1) a semester-long for-credit course (specifically PHCL 7605, IMMU 7606, or TXCL/PHSC 7400), or 2) a series of 9 one-hour face-to-face seminars with online prep materials to read/view and encompassing didactic presentation and live discussion on case studies during delivery.
The subject matter covered by the above named courses and in the monthly seminar series are:
Other applicable required training is dependent upon the project or work assignment of the researcher:
Duration and Frequency of Instruction
Courses = one semester of approximately 17 contact hours, offered no less than once a year
RCR Seminar Series = 9 contact hours, monthly from September through May and repeated in June
Resources for Research Ethics Education
The Office of Research Integrity
Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
NIH Resources for Training Doctors
Society of Research Administrators - Research Integrity Certificate
Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning