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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)


Effective as of January 4, 2010, the National Science Foundation released new requirements in response to the full implementation of Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C. 18620-1).  This requires that “each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal 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.” 

The responsible and ethical conduct of research is considered essential for the public trust in research and excellence in science and engineering.    Stevens is responsible for certification that an RCR training plan is in place at the time of a proposal submission, and for verification that the students and/or postdocs have completed the RCR training prior to award. 

For questions pertaining to the RCR requirements and process, individuals should contact the OSP Research Data, Audit & Compliance office.  Justin Samolewicz, Compliance Specialist at 201.216.5280. 



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