August 2, 2021
NOT-OD-10-019 - Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)
By way of this Notice, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Health Resources and Services administration (HRSA) announce that the flexibilities in the method of instruction in the responsible conduct of research permitted during the declared COVID-19 public health emergency will be extended through the end of December 2021.
Background and Related Information
In conjunction with the declaration of the COVID public health emergency in early 2020, NIH announced that training in the responsible conduct of research could be completed online during the period of the public health emergency and that grant recipients need not seek prior approval to do so.
To assist universities in their planning for the 2021-2022 academic year, NIH, AHRQ, and HRSA will extend the existing COVID flexibilities permitting online training in the responsible conduct of research through December 31, 2021, even if the declared public health emergency is rescinded before then. These flexibilities apply to all awards requiring instruction in the responsible conduct of research, including research training grants (e.g., T32, T34, T35), fellowships (e.g., F30, F31, F32), individual and institutional career development awards (e.g., K01, K08, K12/KL2, K23), and research education awards (e.g., R25).
To determine whether a specific award is required to provide instruction in the responsible conduct of research, grant recipients are encouraged to check the applicable Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
Division of Biomedical Research Workforce
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health