Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Policy
(For those trainees who need to renew their RCR Compliance training)
To promote a campus wide environment of responsible conduct for research, complying with requirements from UT System, UTEP, and funding agencies (specifically: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and others.)
UTEP has elected to join "Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative" (CITI), a web-based training site to provide all research-related compliance training to UTEP's research community. UTEP has identified and established a specific Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) curriculum for learner groups by specific disciplines (Biomedical, Social & Behavioral Research, Physical Sciences, Humanities, Engineers, and Administrators). The RCR topics through CITI include: Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, research with animal models, and protections of Human Subjects in research.
UTEP's policy is that RCR training is required for all students, faculty and research-related staff that are involved in sponsored research projects. Principal Investigators (PI) and Project Directors (PD) should encourage external consultants participating in a sponsored project to complete the RCR Training. In addition, the RCR training is also required for staff with pre-and post-award functions of sponsored projects in the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and Contracts & Grants Accounting. RCR training through CITI is valid for three years from the date the training is completed.
The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) has developed a certification, notification, monitoring, and assignments of training system. All PI/PD, staff, student and managerial/administrative learner groups, regardless of source of funds, need to complete the RCR training as well, to ensure compliance with UTEP institutional annual training requirements. At time of appointment and/or at time of award notification, data will be collected in our trainee tracking system. Upon availability of data, an initial notification is issued to the individual that the RCR training must be completed within 30 days of notification. A reminder notice will be issued within 10 days thereafter, and a second reminder notice will be issued to the individual and the appropriate supervisor 10 days thereafter. On the 60th day, a third "delinquency" notice will be issued to chairs, deans, and UTEP leadership and may have consequences.
Non-compliance with Federal, State, UT System and UTEP policies and regulations may suspend the PI’s sponsored project privileges. Any questions regarding exceptions and re-instatement of privileges must be sent in writing to the Vice President for Research (VPR). Decisions regarding re-instatement of privileges are at the advice of the VPR and are final.
AGENCY SPECIFIC LINKS
CITI Registration Instructions (2018)
CITI - Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Website