USDA NIFA RCR Training Requirements

This document provides an overview of UW-Madison responsible conduct of research requirements for USDA NIFA awards.

UW-Madison United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)  Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Requirements

USDA NIFA Plan

The April 2013 Research Terms and Conditions for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) added a new responsible conduct of research (RCR) training requirement to specific awards.  At UW-Madison, principal investigators, co-investigators and participants paid from the grant must take the "Responsible Conduct of Research" course in Canvas. This includes, but is not limited to, undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and sub-recipient participants.

Prime recipients are obligated by USDA NIFA to flow down this term to sub-recipients. 

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

USDA NIFA Frequently Asked Questions


Help desk for UW-Madison USDA NIFA 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 for completing USDA NIFA Training:

  1. Login to Canvas https://learnuw.wisc.edu/

  2. Once in the My Course Dashboard, go to the Direct Access to on the right side of the screen and Click on Canvas and then on Dashboard

  3. Once in Canvas, use the red navigation bar on the left side and select courses

  4. Select All Courses and then click on Browse More Courses (right side of the screen)

  5. Click on Open Enrollment Course Only and Unclick Public Course Only and Click Search

  6. Select the RCR course by clicking "next" at the bottom of each page until the Responsible Conduct of Research course icon appears or use the search tool at the top of the first page, type in "Responsible Conduct of Research"

  7. Click the Responsible Conduct of Research icon

  8. First Pop-up-window select "enroll in course"

  9. Second Pop-up-window select either "go to course" to complete immediately or "go to dashboard" to complete this course at another time.

Notice of Training

The  Office of Research Policy and Integrity will identify individuals who much complete training via payroll records and will notify individuals of the training requirements.The Office of Research Policy and Integrity will also track training completion.Once an individual is notified of the requirement, he or she will have 30 days to complete the training modules 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 USDA NIFA award and paid with non-sponsored departmental funds.

Look-Up Tools

Principal Investigators

Administrators and RCR Coordinators




Keywords:USDA, NIFA, RCR   Doc ID:35690
Owner:Heather M.Group:VCRGE and Graduate School
Created:2013-12-10 11:25 CDTUpdated:2018-04-17 13:45 CDT
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