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As summer approaches I wanted to provide this reminder that both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) requires that students (Undergraduate, Graduate, and PostDoc) involved in research complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training before receiving support from these agencies.  JMU offers RCR training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at https://www.citiprogram.org/. Students should not participate in Research until this training is complete and failure to provide proof of RCR training will result in withholding of a student’s financial support.

Because we understand that the summer schedule is tight, we want to stress that while the JMU eID is requested, it is not required to complete the CITI training.  It would be possible to require your student participants complete the training BEFORE the start of your summer program.   Please contact Sponsored Programs if you have any questions related to this requirement and how it would impact your students and we wish you the best of luck with the research.



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New Vertebrate Animal Section Factsheet to Assist Applicants

Preparing the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) is a new factsheet developed by OLAW to assist applicants in completing the VAS of grant applications, contract proposals and cooperative agreements for submission to the NIH. Here you will find an overview of the requirements for each of the 5 points of the VAS. The VAS factsheet can be found on the OLAW homepage under Fast Facts or downloaded at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/VASfactsheet_v12.pdf (PDF). Additional information can be found in the VAS worksheets for Grant Applications (PDF) and Contract Proposals (PDF).


Groups Tell House to Nix 'Research Works' Bill

The Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities have sent a joint letter to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform arguing that the Research Works Act be discarded in favor of "balanced federal public access policies that promote the public interest and advance science and scholarship." The letter, sent Feb. 6, says the bill "would move federal research policy backward rather than forward." Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced the bill on Dec. 16, 2011. It is seen as a move to appease for-profit medical publishers, as it would "prohibit all federal research funding agencies from establishing public access policies providing free access to scientific and scholarly journal articles arising from federally funded research. In prohibiting such agency policies, H.R. 3699 would repeal the highly effective Public Access Policy of NIH, which provides free public access through PubMed Central to more than 2.3 million articles, editorials and manuscripts reporting on NIH-funded research and more," the groups said. The bill is just one of several Issa has sponsored that have raised the ire of universities. Link: http://www.aau.edu/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=13018

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