Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
Ethical and responsible conduct of research is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in the responsible and ethical conduct of research is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers. The COMPETES Act focuses public attention on the importance of the national research community's enduring commitment and broader efforts to provide RCR training as an integral part of the preparation and long-term professional development of current and future generations of scientists and engineers.
A wide array of information exists to help inform RCR training. For example, many professional societies as well as governmental licensing authorities for professional scientists and engineers have adopted policies or best practices that might be usefully considered. In addition, research is illuminating existing practices surrounding ethical issues, and providing an evaluation of pedagogical innovations in ethics education. A recent NSF-funded workshop entitled
NSF is committed to continue its funding of research in this important area through programs such as
In addition, NSF will support the development of an online digital library containing research findings, pedagogical materials, and promising practices regarding the ethical and responsible conduct of research in science and engineering. The
• What challenges do institutions face in meeting the new RCR requirement?
• What role should Principal Investigators play in meeting NSF's RCR requirement?
• There are likely to be differences in the RCR plans that institutions develop to respond to this new requirement. What are the pros and cons of exploring a diversity of approaches?
• How might online resources be most effective in assisting with training students and postdocs in the responsible and ethical conduct of research?
• Discuss possible approaches to verifying that the requisite RCR training has been provided.
For information on the NSF's implementation of the America COMPETES Act, contact Jean Feldman; Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution Award Support; National Science Foundation; 4201 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA 22230; e-mail: