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


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: or call 608-890-2468.

USDA NIFA Frequently Asked Questions

Help desk for UW–Madison USDA NIFA RCR 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 for completing USDA NIFA 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

    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.

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    Owner:Heather M.Group:VCRGE and Graduate School
    Created:2013-12-10 10:25 CSTUpdated:2018-08-14 08:58 CST
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