Research and Graduate Studies

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    Research and Sponsored Projects

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    Research and Sponsored Projects

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    Research and Sponsored Projects

Research Integrity/Regulatory Compliance

The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects is responsible for ensuring that the university adheres to sponsor and university policies and regulations in connection with grants and contracts. Compliance areas included are human and animal subjects, conflict of interest, export controls, responsible conduct of research, research integrity, and environmental health and safety.

                                                                                                                                

Conflict of Interest

A project's source of funding will determine which conflict of interest requirements apply to a particular grant or contract:

  • CSUN Conflict of Interest Disclosure – required for all projects regardless of funding source*
  • Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure and Training – required for projects sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) or any agency or organization that has adopted the PHS requirements
  • Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700-U) and Ethics Training – required for projects sponsored by most nongovernmental entities

                                                                                                                                

Responsible Conduct of Research

California State University, Northridge has developed a plan (.pdf) to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible conduct of research (RCR), as required by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) implementation of Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act. CSUN affirms the NSF position that, “The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers.”

Who is required to take the training?

  • Projects Funded by NSF

All undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF funding on a part-time or full-time basis are required to complete RCR training. Training must be completed no more than 90 days after a student or postdoctoral researcher is hired to work on the project, and at least every four years thereafter for the duration of the project.

  • Projects Funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), U.S. Department of Agriculture

All program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in a NIFA-funded research project are required to complete RCR training. Principal investigators and project directors must complete the training within 90 days after acceptance of funding. Any others (students/staff/postdocs/etc.) must complete the training within 90 days after they first participate in the research. A refresher course is required at least every four years thereafter for the duration of the project.

How to Complete the Training

1. Go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website.

2. Login or register for a new account. (Be sure to select California State University, Northridge as your institution during the registration process.)

3. Once registered, add the most applicable RCR course to your queue. Available RCR courses include the following:

  • Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers
  • Responsible Conduct of Research Administrators

4. Complete the course. The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative will provide confirmation of successful completion of the course directly to CSUN's Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. The training is valid for four years, after which time a student or postdoc must retake the course if still actively working on an NSP-funded project. The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects will provide reminders to students and postdocs to retake the training prior to its expiration.

RCR Resources

CSUN's Plan to Provide RCR Training (.pdf)

National Science Foundation RCR Website

Online RCR training through CITI Program

On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research (National Academy Press)

*CSUN Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure

In accordance with state and federal conflict of interest (COI) regulations, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) instituted a COI policy “to manage, reduce, or eliminate any actual or potential conflicts of interest involving activities conducted under the authority of the University or its auxiliary organizations.” This policy requires investigators supported by external funds to disclose significant financial interests that may constitute conflicts of interest. In the event an investigator discloses a significant financial interest, the Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies, or their designee, will determine whether a conflict of interest exists and will work with the investigator to develop a plan to resolve the conflict of interest.

  • Required for all externally-sponsored projects regardless of funding source
  • Required of all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and project directors involved in the project
  • Submitted at the time of proposal submission and whenever new financial interests are obtained during the life of the award

Investigators are asked to disclose COI when creating a proposal record in Cayuse SP.

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†Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Disclosure and Training for Public Health Service (PHS)-Funded Projects

CSUN has developed a policy to ensure that PHS-sponsored research will be conducted free of bias resulting from investigator financial conflicts of interest, as required by regulations on the Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought (42 CFR Part 50, Subpart F). The CSUN policy requires PHS-funded investigators, including those funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to disclose significant financial interests that may constitute financial conflicts of interest. Much like the COI process, above, in the event an investigator discloses a significant financial interest, the Associate Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies, or their designee, will determine whether a financial conflict of interest exists and will work with the investigator to develop a plan to manage the conflict of interest.

The FCOI disclosure and training requirements apply to projects that are sponsored by components of the PHS or other agencies or organizations that have adopted the PHS requirements. The Federal Demonstration Partnership maintains a list of these agencies and organizations. (This list is subject to change.)

FCOI Disclosure Form

  • Submitted at the time of proposal submission, yearly thereafter, and within 30 days of acquiring a new significant financial interest
  • Required in addition to the CSUN COI Disclosure Form
  • Required of all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and project directors involved in the project

FCOI Online Course

  • Investigators must complete the training prior to engaging in the sponsored research
  • The course must be retaken at least every four years
  • Required of all principal investigators, co-principal investigators, and project directors involved in the project

How to Complete the Online Course

1. Go to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website.
2. Login or register for a new account. (Be sure to select California State University, Northridge as your institution during the registration process.)
3. Once registered, add the Conflicts of Interest course to your queue.
4. Complete the course. The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative will provide confirmation of successful completion of the course directly to the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.

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‡Statement of Economic Interests for Nongovernmental Sponsored Projects (700-U) and Ethics Training

The Political Reform Act, Government Code Section 81000, et seq., requires California State University to adopt and promulgate a COI policy. As part of these requirements, principal investigators with grants funded by nongovernmental entities must complete and submit Form 700-U and complete ethics and COI training.

Form 700-U

  • Required for projects sponsored by most nongovernmental entities; however, some sponsors are exempt (please see the list of exempt sponsors in the state regulations (.pdf))
  • Initial Statement must be submitted to the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects before final acceptance of a contract, grant, or gift
  • Interim statements required within 30 days after funding is renewed
  • Required in addition to the CSUN COI Disclosure Form
  • Required of the principal investigator only; not required of co-principal investigators or project directors

Ethics and COI Training

  • Must be completed within six months from the time of award acceptance
  • Must be repeated every two years while the award is active
  • Web-based instruction that takes approximately two hours to complete
  • CSUN Human Resources will provide instructions on how to complete the training to principal investigators when grant funds are awarded
  • Required of the principal investigator only; not required of co-principal investigators or project directors

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