Responsible Conduct of Research

Scholars funded by NSF, USDA and NIH must complete training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR).  Those requirements are detailed below:

NSF - All undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers "who will be supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research" must receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).

NIH - NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research.  

USDA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has mandated that program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR). 

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is comprised of 10 topic areas:

  •  Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership of Data
  •  Animal Welfare
  •  Authorship/Plagiarism
  •  Collaboration
  •  Conflict of Interest
  •  Human Subject Protections
  •  Mentoring
  •  Peer Review
  •  Research Misconduct
  •  Lab Safety