Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course

Course Description: Each of the RCR course offerings covers the core norms, principles, and rules governing the practice of responsible research. RCR training is now part of funding requirements of both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). RCR is increasingly viewed as an essential component of research training, regardless of a researcher’s source of funding.

Content and audience: CITI’s RCR content is designed to be suitable for any person involved in research, ranging from upper-level undergraduates to established faculty. Particular emphasis is given to the educational needs of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. The NIH requires at least some categories of trainees to have in-person discussions about RCR, and CITI’s courses can be used to complement these activities. CITI’s courses can also be used independently of a classroom or other in-person setting.

The modules in each course cover the standard RCR core topics: mentoring, authorship, peer review, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, data management, research misconduct, and research with human and animal subjects. CITI also goes beyond the standard core and offers modules on topics such as export control, plagiarism, social and environmental issues relating to engineering research, and whistleblowing.

Purpose: This course satisfies the requirements of required RCR training for NSF and NIH, unless the NIH grant requires in-person training. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance if you are awarded a grant requiring in-person training so a course can be designed to meet the specific requirements of the grant.