The University of Arizona

Federal RCR Requirements

RCR Contact

Research Training Services
Research, Discovery & Innovation
ORD-Training@email.arizona.edu
520-621-0598

Several of the major federal funding agencies require instruction in the responsible conduct of research for certain individuals helping to conduct research and scholarship. 

Do the requirements apply to you?

  • Are you an undergraduate, graduate student, or postdoc working on an project funded by NSF? [If yes, see NSF section below]
  • Are you funded by NIH? [If yes, see NIH section below]
  • Do you work on a project funded by the National Institue of Food and Agriculture? [If yes, see NIFA section below]

If you answered "No" to all of the above questions, you are not required to complete RCR training at this time. However, we encourage all members of the UA research community to engage in RCR education at regular intervals throughout their careers as students, postdocs, professors, and scholars! 

If you're still unsure about whether you fall under the requirements below, please contact Research Training Services by email or at 520-621-0598 for assistance.


National Science Foundation RCR Requirements

NSF requires all postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students funded through an NSF grant to receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. View the complete NSF RCR policy for more details.

  • If this requirement applies to you, you must complete (or have completed within the past four years) an NSF RCR Certificate.
  • If you are an undergraduate student working on an NSF-funded project, you may complete the Undergraduate RCR Certificate to meet the NSF requirements. This certificate requires less time than the full NSF Certificate.

National Institutes of Health RCR Requirements

NIH requires all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars supported by NIH training grants, career development awards, and dissertation research grants to receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. The 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. Other NIH-funded programs may also require instruction in responsible conduct of research, and will clearly state this requirement in the relevant funding opportunity announcements. View the complete NIH RCR policy for more details.

  • If you are funded by any of the NIH programs listed above, you must complete (or have completed within the past four years) an NIH RCR Certificate.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture RCR Requirements

NIFA requires that all program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in a research project funded by NIFA receive RCR training. Documentation of the training is subject to review by NIFA upon request. For the complete RCR policy, please see Article 7 of NIFA's research terms and conditions.

  • If this requirement applies to you, you must complete (or have completed within the past four years) any of the available RCR Certificates: NIFANSF, or NIH. All of these certificates fulfill the NIFA requirements.