Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research diagram

Typically required for training grants, this document should address the following five instructional components and how they will be monitored:

  1. Format of instruction: In-person, coursework, etc.; solely virtual instruction is not allowable
  2. Subject matter: Breadth and synergy of subjects covered in the curriculum
  3. Faculty participation: Roles of faculty and mentors; continued instruction through mentored research projects
  4. Duration of instruction: Total hours of instruction (at least 8 contact hours)
  5. Frequency of instruction: Must occur during each career stage and once every four years

Monitoring: Participation in RCR instructions must be monitored

Renewals Only: Describe changes in RCR plan over the previous project period and plans for addressing future weaknesses in current RCR plan. Name all training faculty who have served as course directors, speakers, lecturers, and/or discussion leaders during the previous project period.

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Page Limit: 3 pages maximum

Component Instruction Index

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