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Enrolling in Educational Programs on Research Integrity

The research project applicant (in the case of Japanese-French joint research proposals, the PI from Japanese side) must complete the educational program for research integrity as a prerequisite for application. Note that if completion of the program cannot be confirmed, the application will be disqualified for failing to meet the requirements (For the CREST program, enrollment in and completion of the research integrity educational program by the time of application is not a prerequisite for Lead Joint Researcher applicants).

To enroll in the educational program for research integrity and to submit a declaration of completion, follow either procedure (1) or (2) below. For application instructions using e-Rad, refer to Chapter 10, “Recruiting via the Cross-ministerial R&D Management System (e-Rad).”

  • (1) For applicants who have completed an equivalent program at their institution

    Applicants who have already completed an e-learning program or educational seminar on various aspects of research integrity (including eAPRIN (Formaly known as CITI)) by the time of their application are requested to make the declaration on the e-Rad application information entry screen.

  • (2) For applicants who have not completed an equivalent program at their institution (including for applicants at institutions that do not have such a program)
     a. Applicants who have in the past completed a eAPRIN in a JST program.
    Applicants who have in the past completed a eAPRIN in a JST program by the time of their application are requested to make the declaration on the e-Rad application information entry screen.

     b. For other applicants for whom a. above does not apply.
    ① Applicants who find it difficult to enroll in an educational program for research integrity because their institution does not offer such a program at their institution or for other reasons may enroll in and take the condensed version of eAPRIN offered through JST. Instructions for enrolling in this program may be found on the Invitation of Research Proposal website: https://www.senryaku.jst.go.jp/teian-en.html
    CREST, PRESTO:https://eduprv.aprin.or.jp/jstshinsei.html
    There is no cost for enrolling in and completing the program, which will take between one to two hours to complete. Once enrolled, applicants are expected to complete the program without delay and then to declare the completion of the program and to also enter the certificate completion number from the completion certificate (the Ref # to the right of the completion date) in the e-Rad application information entry screen.
    ② Applicants for whom ①, above applies and who have not been able to enroll in and complete the program by the time of their application are requested to submit their status on the e-Rad information entry screen and to enroll in and complete the program without delay. A JST representative will contact the applicant via email to confirm completion of the program and for the completion number (the Ref # to the right of the completion date). The declaration deadline is at the same time with the deadline of the proposal submission for CREST.

Flow chart for declaring enrollment and completion of the educational program for research integrity.

■ Contact for consultation on the educational program for research integrity

Japan Science and Technology Agency
Department of General Affairs, Office of Research Integrity,
E-mail: rcr-kousyu[at]jst.go.jp ※replace [at] to @


Q&A

Enrolling in the educational program for research integrity

(Content of the educational program for research integrity)

Q What content must be included in the educational program for research integrity that is conducted by affiliated institutions?

A Educational programs for research integrity are the responsibility of each research institution. JST does not specify the specific teaching material to be used in those programs.
(Reference)
According to the “Guidelines for Responding to Misconduct in Research Activities” (August 26, 2014, adopted by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Sciences and Technology), which will be implemented from April 2015, research institutions are required to implement a structure for preventing misconduct, such as the installation of a Research Integrity Education Manager, and to conduct education at the institutional level. Further, the allocating institution is also required to confirm researcher enrollment in the institution’s research integrity education program.
Note however that the details in the above guidelines focus on misconduct in academic papers and does not cover bioethics and conflicts of interest, which are different topics. If you have any questions, please contact the JST Office of Research Integrity.

Japan Science and Technology Agency
Department of General Affairs, Office of Research Integrity,
E-mail: rcr-kousyu[at]jst.go.jp ※replace [at] to @

(Program completion certification)

Q Is it necessary to submit documentation certifying completion of an educational program for research integrity?

A No, submission is not necessary.

(Declaring completion with the certificate completion number. )

Q I have completed the condensed eAPRIN, but where/how do I view the certificate completion number?

A To view the completion certificate, click the link for the completion certificate in the Completion Report column on the Main Menu. The Ref # printed to the right of the completion date is the certificate completion number.

Main Menu for the condensed eAPRIN

Sample of certificate of completion-

(Availability of an English-version condensed eAPRIN)

Q Since I have not taken the program offered by my institution, I am planning to enroll in the condensed eAPRIN. What options are there if my native language is not Japanese, which makes taking the course in Japanese difficult?

A An English translation of the condensed eAPRIN will be published by April 20, 2015. We will post an announcement on the Invitation for Proposal website as soon as it has been published so please take advantage of this provision and take the course.

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Information on calls for proposals is posted on this web page.
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