USDA-NIFA Training Requirement

The USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requires that all program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in a research project, funded either directly from NIFA or under a sub-award under another entity, receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) and that documentation of the completion of such training be maintained and available to NIFA. Non-compliance can result in audit findings that can have negative impacts on individual projects – including termination – and result in institutional penalties influencing all WVU NIFA projects. 

Please note that, unlike RCR requirements for NIH and NSF projects where the RCR requirement extends only to post-docs and graduate students, the NIFA requirement extends to all individuals who will be working on a NIFA supported project.  For more information on WVU’s compliance with this requirement follow http://oric.research.wvu.edu/services/responsible-conduct/usda-nifa or contact the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance at 293-7073.