Responsible Conduct of Research

(Draft – November 2011)

The 2007 American COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 1862o-1) requires that institutions applying for funding from National Science Foundation have a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project and a way to verify that the training has occurred. The new requirement applies to NSF projects submitted (and subsequently awarded) on or after January 4, 2010, including competitive renewals.

Bowdoin College expects the highest standards of ethical behavior of all members of the academic community involved in the conduct of research. There are several policies in place that address aspects of responsible conduct of research:

Code of Conduct

Conflict of Interest

Intellectual Property

Human and Animal Research Policies

Ethical Standard of Research

Computer Use Policy

Principal investigators (PIs) are responsible for ensuring that they are compliant on all relevant federal regulations, including training in responsible conduct of research.

Online training is available at no cost through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative. PIs are responsible for certifying to the Office of Sponsored Research that all students and postdocs on their NSF and NIH grants have successfully completed the required training within one month of the start of their work on the project. This training is in addition to any required training for human or animal research.

For additional information, please contact Cara Martin-Tetreault in the Office of Sponsored Research.