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Texas Woman’s University (TWU) encourages and maintains the highest ethical standards in research. All persons engaged in research at TWU are responsible for fostering an environment that promotes integrity in research. This policy sets forth a framework for providing appropriate training and oversight in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) to TWU researchers including faculty, staff, undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. 

The components of the RCR framework include:

  • training for undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty as required by the University and/or external funding sources,
  • mentoring of postdoctoral researchers by principal investigators or supervisors that includes, but is not limited to, career counseling, training in preparing grant proposals, teaching skills, and training in research ethics,
  • oversight of RCR training by principal investigators or supervisors,  and
  • certification of successful completion of RCR training.

RCR training content and oversight may vary among disciplines or as dictated by funding agencies. Successful completion of RCR training will be acknowledged in writing and records of completion will be maintained by principal investigators or supervisors. Documentation of training will be provided to the office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). RCR training may be via internal pedagogical methods or external sources as approved by ORSP. The University’s authorized representative shall certify as required in funding proposals that TWU has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research.

This policy is intended to comply with the RCR requirements of all external research funding sources including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies. ORSP is authorized to modify this policy as necessary to remain in compliance.

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