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Award Management

Award Management requires juggling of your time and a solid understanding of the rules and regulations governing your project.  The Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs (GSP) has revised the Grants and Sponsored Programs Handbook.   This handbook provides a lot of information for how to navigate the processes after the award is accepted by EUP.

All grants and sponsored program requests must go through GSP for review and approval. 

Remember if you are traveling by car it is EUP's policy to reimburse your personal mileage at the lowest mileage rate between using a state vehicle or renting from Enterprise. Please use the Travel Calculator to assist in determining that rate.  FYI, should you use the federal rate instead of the lower rate, the reimbursement will be adjusted to reflect the lowest rate.

NSF Training Requirement – Research Misconduct

General Requirements

The National Science Foundation (NSF) implemented a new training requirement for research misconduct effective January 4, 2010.  The requirement is for institutions to develop and implement a research misconduct training program for faculty and students conducting research supported by NSF funding.

Defining Misconduct

NSF defines research misconduct as follows:

Research misconduct means fabrication, falsification or plagiarism in proposing or performing research funded by NSF, reviewing research proposals submitted to NSF, or in reporting research results funded by NSF.

   1. Fabrication means making up data or results and recording or reporting them.

   2. Falsification means manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or
       omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the
       research record.

   3. Plagiarism means the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results or words 
       without giving appropriate credit.

   4. Research under this requirement includes proposals submitted to NSF in all fields of science, 
        engineering, mathematics, and education and the results from such proposals.

Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

Proposal Requirements

For proposals submitted to NSF after January 4, 2010, an institution must:

             1. Have a training plan established to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible
                 and ethical conduct of research.

             2. Training plans are not required to be included in the proposals to NSF, but NSF has advised
                  institutions that the training plans are subject to review upon request.

             3. Institutions must designate on or more persons to oversee compliance with the training

             4. Institutions are responsible for the verification process in asserting that students supported by 
                  NSF have received training in research misconduct.

University Action

Training workshops will be offered by the Grants and Sponsored Programs Office each year for all faculty and students funded by NSF.  All funded researchers will receive a copy of the university’s research misconduct policy, which is also available on the Grants and Sponsored Programs website.

All faculty and students funded by an NSF grant must complete and pass the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity Online Research Ethics Course.  This must be completed within two weeks of the awarding of an NSF grant or of being hired to work on an NSF grant.  At this time, researchers are only required to complete this course one time.  Proof of successful completion of the course must be sent to the Grants and Sponsored Programs Office.  Principle investigators are responsible for assurance that any students or staff members working on the research receive appropriate training in research misconduct.

The training course is available at no cost at the following website:

This training program will be reviewed annually in order to assure that researchers at Edinboro University are receiving the up-to-date training in the conduct of ethical research