By Jacqueline Black

The National Science Foundation’s latest Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) expands the requirements for Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RCR) training.

For NSF proposals submitted on or after July 31, 2023, all faculty and other senior personnel named on the proposal must complete RCR training before any funding can be awarded. Postdocs, grad students and undergraduates are also still required to complete RCR training before conducting NSF-supported research.

Responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical for excellence and maintaining the public’s trust. UMass Lowell is committed to fostering a robust research environment, in part through RCR training and education. The goal of RCR education at UML is to inform all individuals engaged in the research process about the key issues, current standards, and best ethical practices.