Office of Research

America COMPETES Act

DATE: December 2, 2009

Beginning with proposals submitted on or after January 4, 2010, the recent America COMPETES Act includes a requirement that all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers "who will be supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research" receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). RCR is comprised of 9 topic areas:

1) Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership of Data
2) Animal Welfare
3) Authorship/Plagiarism
4) Collaboration
5) Conflict of Interest
6) Human Subject Protections
7) Mentoring
8) Peer Review
9) Research Misconduct

Clemson University has developed an institutional RCR training plan to address this requirement. Based on guidance provided by the Council of Graduate Schools, the CU RCR training program includes both interdisciplinary general and program-specific RCR content.  The phased program is intended to provide quality training experiences while offering flexibility for the learner.  Details about the training program can be found at