The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions is collaborating with the National Academy of Engineering in a grant proposal to develop a web resource for Principle Investigators (PIs) and university administrators looking to incorporate an ethics component in NSF proposals. This web resource is in part a response to a new mandate put out in the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C 1962o-1) which requires, in Section 7009 that “each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.
Results from this project will make good practices and materials widely available and accessible and help the development of a broad-based, knowledgeable social network in ethics education in science and engineering. Special attention will be paid to resources by and for populations that are underrepresented in science and engineering, and to issues that arise for them and from the increasingly globalized and interdisciplinary nature of research. Publicity about the project will be disseminated broadly, through National Academies’ press releases, websites, and publications, and at relevant meetings of professional societies and academic organizations, including those of special relevance to underrepresented populations.