How will I know if I am required to take this training?

You will receive an email from the Office of Research.

Why am I being assigned this training?

The federal National Science Foundation (NSF) requires that all of the following individuals supported by NSF to conduct research receive education in the responsible conduct of research.

  • Undergraduates
  • Graduate students
  • Postdoctoral scholars
  • Faculty - for new proposals submitted on or after July 31, 2023
  • Other Senior Personnel (e.g., co-PIs and key personnel) - for new proposals submitted on or after July 31, 2023

Under UCSB’s implementation of the NSF requirements, all individuals supported by a grant that is subject to this requirement are expected to complete this course.

How often must this training be completed?

Refresher training is required every 5 years, for those actively funded by NSF. Faculty are encouraged to provide one-on-one mentorship to your students and trainees.

I was assigned this training but think I should be exempt because I am not working on an NSF-supported research project. Who do I contact?

This training requirement applies to the individuals described above who have conducted research and have received support from a NSF grant.  Even if you are no longer supported by a NSF award, this training requirement still applies.  Please contact Melodie Blakemore at (805) 893-4286 or

Is there an in-person equivalent course that I can take instead?

Bioinformatics offers a 1 unit in-person course that is available to graduate students and postdocs. To fulfill NSF's requirements you will need to be able to document full attendance and that you received mentorship training.

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