From the AAAS policy alert, March 4, 2009:
NSF Invites Comments on Ethics Education Requirements. The National Science Foundation has issued a request for public comment on its plans to incorporate education on the responsible and ethical conduct of research into its grant-making process. This initiative is in response to a provision in the America COMPETES Act (2007) that requires institutions to provide such training for students and postdocs. Effective October 1, 2009, NSF will require proposals to certify that the institution has a plan to provide such training and oversight. While training plans are not required to be included in proposals, they will be subject to review upon request. Comments on NSF’s plans and related matters are due by March 31. NIH has long had a similar but less far-reaching requirement in place.