Program Basics

 

RCR Assurance and Verification

The BU RCR Plan states that PIs are responsible for specifying and monitoring completion of RCR instruction for required students and postdoctoral researchers. NSF grant applications contain assurances that the institution will verify that students and postdocs who are paid for research on an NSF grant will complete the BU RCR program. The steps of the assurance and verification are:

 

 

 

 

How can Department-Level Administration Assist PIs with Compliance?

  • When placing students or postdocs on the payroll to be paid for research on an NSF award, verify that the PI has notified the payee of applicable RCR requirements.
  • Assist PIs to check the RCR compliance status of individuals on the BU RCR Individual Status Lists.
  • Assist the PI in assuring timely compliance by the payee, when a reminder letter has been received from Research Compliance.
  • Assist the PI in assuring immediate compliance by the payee, when a noncompliance letter has been received from Research Compliance.
  • When notified by Research Compliance or PAFOPost Award Financial Operations PAFO assists faculty and ..., take required steps regarding payroll status of any non-compliant individual.

Boston University adopted the BU RCR Plan in May 2010. The plan covers RCR responsibilities of principal investigators (PIs) on both NIH and NSF “covered” awards. The plan assigns responsibility to PIs for assuring that RCR covered individuals participate in and complete RCR instruction.

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