1. Introduction

Developing an On-line Resource for Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Survey Introduction

Dear Participant:

You are invited to assist in developing an online resource for Principal Investigators and university administrators looking to incorporate an ethics component in National Science Foundation grant proposals. This resource would focus on ethics education in the areas of engineering, science, technology, and the social sciences. Your thoughts and suggestions are crucial in helping us develop this web site.

This web resource is in part a response to a new mandate in the America COMPETES Act passed by Congress in 2007 which requires,

“…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.” (42 U.S.C 1962o-1, Section 7009)

This proposed web site would assist Principal Investigators and university administrators in responding to this new mandate.

The following questions focus on the types of resources you may have used in the past to develop ethics instruction methods and programs, and the types of information you would like to find in a web site of this kind.

This project is a collaborative effort between the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society at the National Academy of Engineering and the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology. For more information about the project, please contact Kelly Laas at laas@iit.edu.

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.

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