UW–Madison National Science Foundation (NSF) Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Requirement

UW–Madison NSF RCR Policy


The National Science Foundation, by mandate of the United States Congress in the America Competes Act Section 7009, requires all undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF research funding to receive training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). All undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF research funding at the University of Wisconsin–Madison must take the Responsible Conduct of Research course in Canvas. This training is also recommended for those not currently required to complete this course.

If you are working with a student who does not have a NetID, please contact Heather Mc Fadden for assistance.Email: heather.mcfadden@wisc.edu or call 608-890-2468.

This applies to all NSF awards granted for proposals submitted on or after January 4, 2010.

Help desk for UW–Madison NSF RCR training: heather.mcfadden@wisc.edu or 608-890-2468.

Course Registration Information

To register for the course, please use your UW NetID and password to log-in to Canvas. Once logged in, please complete the steps below.

Directions of completing NSF RCR Training:

  1. Login to Canvas
  2. In the upper right corner, click on "Join This Course"
  3. In the upper right corner, click "Enroll in Course"
  4. Select "Go To Course" to complete the course now.  If you do wish to complete the course at this time, you will need to locate the course on your dashboard.
  5. Read through all course materials.
  6. Once you have answered the question, please submit the quiz.

Notice of Training

PIs receiving NSF funding for research will be notified of this requirement in the NSF Notice of Award. The Office of Research Policy and Integrity will also notify the PI and the department of the requirements via email. In addition, individuals who must complete training will be identified via payroll records and notified of their training requirements. Once an individual is notified of the requirement, he or she will have 30 days to complete the training module in Canvas. Subsequent email notices will be sent as reminders to complete training. If the individual does not complete the training within the 30 day window, he or she will be removed from the NSF award and paid with non-sponsored departmental funds.

Look-Up Tools

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education created look-up tools to assist PIs and RCR Coordinators with tracking online course completion. Please use your UW NetID and password to log-in.

Principal Investigators

Administrators and RCR Coordinators

Keywords:national sciences foundation responsible conduct research training   Doc ID:33280
Owner:Heather M.Group:VCRGE and Graduate School
Created:2013-09-10 12:30 CSTUpdated:2020-12-09 09:13 CST
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