The Wallace Center has acquired an online resource that can help PIs with designing experiments and analysis methods. The Encyclopedia of Research Design is a resource intended for all users, particularly those from the social and behavioral sciences, but also for those interested in statistical techniques in general. It is a reference tool for users who may be interested in learning more about a particular research technique (such as "control group" or "reliability").
RIT is affiliated with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, or CITI, a subscription service providing research ethics education to members of the research community. The CITI program offers courses in the responsible conduct of research including case studies and video segments. The content is tailored separately for engineers, biomedical investigators, physical sciences research, humanities and social and behavioral sciences research.
The federal government expects that researchers on sponsored project will have some effort, charged to the agency or as a cost share. Here is how the Office of Management and Budget describes it:
While the phrase 'letter of commitment' is often used interchangeably with 'letter of support,' there is a fundamental difference between the two. A letter of support may, for example, state that a community group endorses or approves of a particular project. A letter of commitment, on the other hand, is a statement of active participation in the project. It specifies resources that the group will commit to the project and identifies what role it will play in bringing the project to a successful conclusion.