Research @ Salisbury University

Research at Salisbury University

Research Compliance

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Compliance Check List

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  • Does your research involve humans? → IRB
  • Does your research involved animals? → IACUC
  • Is your research funded by NSF? → RCR (below)
  • Is your research funded by NSF, but for less than 30 days? → modified RCR
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The Office of Sponsored Programs assist faculty with any training or compliance required by their grant, their sponsor, or federal regulations.

If you are doing research on humans or animals, regardless of the funding source, you must apply for review by the IRB and/or IACUC committees.

Below are additional trainings and certifications required for specific funding sources. However, the office of Sponsored Programs encourages all  faculty and student researchers to take advantage of these free educational tools.

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Sponsor-Specific Trainings & Compliance

National Science Foundation - Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

As of January 4, 2010, all individuals conducting research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Click here for specific policies regarding RCR compliance regulations.

Responsible Conduct of Research Online Training Modules

  • Certification of completion for each module is valid for three years.  To maintain your compliance certification, you must re-take the training modules once every three years. 
  • All training certification records are maintained by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.  Please contact us if you have questions regarding your certification status.  
  • The below modules are delivered through CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) . Please register/sign-in by filling out the CITI online registration form.  Select Salisbury University Courses; Add a Course.
  1. Laboratory/Field Animal Welfare
  2. Human Subjects Research
  3. Responsible Conduct of Research

National Science Foundation (NSF) - less than 30 days funding

Researchers who are  working on short-term projects (less than 30 days) will not be required to complete all of the above training modules. Instead, they may complete the following  modified program which satisfies the training requirements established by NSF.

Modified Training Module for Short-term Researchers

Health & Human Services - "The Lab"

Another valuable resource that was developed by the Office of Research Integrity is “The Lab.” In this training module, you become the lead character in an interactive movie and must make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices.  To access this training module, visit: 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding research compliance and training, or if you are unable to access any of the above the modules, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 410-677-0047.

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