NIH Training Grant Applications: RCR Templates and Samples

Information and sample content for NIH Training Grant applications and awards

NIH Training Grants come with rigorous requirements for RCR education. Cornell has developed text for use in NIH applications describing how our Training Grant program will fulfill those requirements.

Cornell’s training program in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) fully meets the NIH Training Grant requirements for RCR education, as described in Notice number NOT-OD-10-019 (including online training in the required RCR subjects, and in-person workshops and symposia with faculty participation). These requirements pertain to all NIH Institutional Research Training Grants, Individual Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards (Institutional and Individual), Research Education Grants, Dissertation Research Grants, or other grant programs that require RCR instruction as part of their training component (as noted in their FOA).

NIH outlines the following instructional components required for their training grant recipients (full details described in NIH Notice number NOT-OD-10-019):

  • Format: Must include substantial face-to-face discussions; a combination of didactic and small-group discussions; and participation of research training faculty members in RCR instructions. Note: online courses alone will not be considered adequate, except in special circumstances (e.g., short-term training programs).
  • Subject Matter: No specific curricular requirements, but the following topics are usually included in acceptable plans for RCR instruction:
    • conflict of interest (personal, professional, financial)
    • human subjects and live vertebrate animal subjects in research
    • safe laboratory practices
    • mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
    • collaborative research
    • peer review
    • data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership
    • research misconduct
    • responsible authorship and publication
    • the scientist as a responsible member of society
    • contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research
    • environmental and societal impacts of scientific research
  • Faculty Participation: Training faculty and sponsors/mentors are strongly encouraged to contribute to formal and informal RCR instruction (e.g., through lab interactions, lectures, course directors, etc.).
  • Duration of Instruction: Should involve "substantial contact hours" between participating faculty and trainees/fellows/scholars/participants (at minimum, eight hours). 
  • Frequency of Instruction: RCR instruction should be undertaken at least once during each career stage (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, predoctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty level), no less than once every four years. For predoctoral training, NIH recommends it occur as early as possible in graduate school.

Applicants for these types of NIH Training Grants may use the following materials and resources to support their applications: