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UW–Madison National Science Foundation (NSF) Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Requirement

UW–Madison NSF RECR Policy

UW–Madison NSR RECR Plan


The National Science Foundation, by mandate of the United States Congress in the CHIPS + Science Act, Section 10337 and  America Competes Act Section 7009, requires all faculty, senior personnel, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students, supported by NSF research funding to receive training in Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR). All principal investigators, co-investigators, faculty, key persons, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students supported by NSF research funding at the University of Wisconsin–Madison must take the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research course in Canvas. This training is also recommended for those not currently required to complete this course.

If you are working with a student who does not have a NetID, please contact Heather Mc Fadden for assistance.
Email: or call 608-890-2468.

Help desk for UW–Madison NSF RECR training: 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 of completing NSF RECR Training:

  1. Login to Canvas
  2. In the upper right corner, click on "Join This Course"
  3. In the upper right corner, click "Enroll in Course"
  4. Select "Go To Course" to complete the course now.  If you do wish to complete the course at this time, you will need to locate the course on your dashboard.
  5. Read through all course materials.
  6. Once you have answered the question, please submit the quiz.

Notice of Training

PIs receiving NSF funding for research will be notified of this requirement in the NSF Notice of Award. The Office of Research Policy and Integrity will also notify the PI and the department of the requirements via email. In addition, individuals who must complete training will be identified via payroll records and notified of their training requirements. Once an individual is notified of the requirement, they will have 30 days to complete the training module in Canvas. Subsequent email notices will be sent as reminders to complete training. Individuals who do not complete the training will be considered non-compliant and further administrative steps will be taken.  Appropriate unit administrators will be notified of non-compliance.

Look-Up Tools

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education created look-up tools to assist  with tracking online course completion. Please use your UW NetID and password to log-in.

Principal Investigators

Administrators and RCR Coordinators

Keywordsnational sciences foundation responsible conduct research training   Doc ID33280
OwnerHeather M.GroupVCRGE and Graduate School
Created2013-09-10 13:30:55Updated2023-05-24 13:17:10
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