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Responsible Conduct of Research

Cells in a petri dish.The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires responsible conduct of research (RCR) training for all undergraduates, graduates, and post-doctoral fellows who conduct research supported by NSF funds.  All institutions submitting applications must certify at the time of application submission that plans are in place to provide appropriate training and oversight of the RCR training.  Compliance with the requirements for RCR training is determined by Research Compliance Services (RCS) on behalf of the Vice President for Research.

Similarly, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, or dissertation research grant must receive RCR training.  This requirement also applies to all faculty, including new faculty, mid-career faculty and senior faculty, and professional and scientific employees receiving funding from these sources.  Plans to meet the RCR requirements must be specified in the principal investigator’s proposal application.

There are options for satisfying the training requirement, which must be completed during the course of the individual’s involvement in the federally funded project.  The University recommends a combination of in-person training, and the online CITI RCR course to fulfill the RCR requirement. There are also for-credit RCR courses available in some departments that will satisfy the requirement.

OPTION 1

Approved department-sponsored RCR Course, including GRAD 5910: Responsible Conduct in Research, which is a 1-credit graduate course offered every semester.  Two sections of GRAD 5910 are available for the Spring 2017 semester:

Catalog Number Class Number Topic
GRAD 5910-001 18219 David Daggett – Genomics and Life Sciences
GRAD 5910-002 24892 Jose Manautou – Topic TBD

Some departments may require that all of their students take this RCR course, regardless of involvement in federally sponsored research. For-credit courses satisfy the RCR training requirement, and it is NOT required to also do the online CITI training for those students taking one of these courses.

OPTION 2

Two-part RCR training consisting of:

  1. Online CITI Training. A four-hour online RCR training is offered through the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) program (http://www.citiprogram.org).  This course is available to all members of the University community. You may register to take the RCR training modules by signing in through My Institution on the CITI Program website and selecting the University of Connecticut – Storrs & Regional Campuses from the list of participating institutions. Sign in using your UConn NetID.  Doing so will allow you to enter and leave the site and complete the course at your own pace.
  2. In-Person Training. The in-person training is intended to complement on-line training by providing further depth of content and interactive discussion around the components of RCR training.  Thus, the online component should be completed prior to attending any in-person sessions.  Acceptable training plans generally include a minimum of eight substantive hours of face-to-face instruction which can include the following topics, offered during the Fall and Spring semesters:
    • Authorship
    • Collaborative Research
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • Data Management
    • Mentoring
    • Peer Review
    • Plagiarism
    • Research Involving Human Subjects
    • Research Misconduct
    • Using Animal Subjects in Research

 

Spring 2017 RCR In-Person Training Workshops:

ALL Workshops will be Located: Library Class of 1947 Room (369 Fairfield Way, Storrs, Connecticut 06269, Plaza Level)

Please click here to register for a workshop. NetID login required.

Instructor Session Date  Time 
Dr. Gus Fernandez-Wolff, Research Compliance Monitor Conflicts of Interest Thursday, February 16 2:00-3:00 pm
Dr. James Wohl, University Ombudsman Managing, Mentoring & Peer Relationships Monday, February 20 3:00-4:00 pm
Dr. Wesley Byerly, Associate Vice President for Research Integrity & Regulatory Affairs Scientific Integrity & Society Wednesday, March 1 2:00-3:00 pm
Dr. Wesley Byerly, Associate Vice President for Research Integrity & Regulatory Affairs Scientific Integrity & Society Wednesday, March 1 3:00-4:00 pm
Karen Moré, IACUC Program Manager Ethics in the Use of Animal Subjects in Research Thursday, March 2 2:00-3:00 pm
Joan Levine, Research Compliance Post Approval Monitor Ethics in Human Subjects Research Thursday, March 2 3:00-4:00 pm
Dr. Blair Johnson, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology Peer Review of Scientific Manuscripts Submitted for Publication Tuesday, March 7 10:00-11:00 am
Dr. Gus Fernandez-Wolff, Research Compliance Monitor Conflicts of Interest Thursday, March 9 2:00-3:00 pm
Dr. Khamis Abu-Hasaballah, Assistant Vice President for Research IT Services Data Acquisition, Management & Analysis in Scientific Research Thursday, March 23 10:00-11:00 am
Dr. Blair Johnson, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Psychology Peer Review of Scientific Manuscripts Submitted for Publication Wednesday, March 29 10:00-11:00 am
Dr. Charles Goodwin, Director, Intellectual Property Intellectual Property & Patents Thursday, March 30 2:00-3:00 am
Dr. Khamis Abu-Hasaballah, Assistant Vice President for Research IT Services Data Acquisition, Management & Analysis in Scientific Research Thursday, April 5 9:00-10:00 am
David Cavallaro, Manager, Biological Health & Safety Biosafety: Regulatory Compliance Friday, April 7 1:00-2:00 pm
David Cavallaro, Manager, Biological Health & Safety Biosafety: Regulatory Compliance Friday, April 7 2:00-3:00 pm

Contact

For general information pertaining to this requirement:

Laurie Pudlo
Office of the Vice President for Research
Whetten Graduate Center, Unit 1006
Telephone: (860) 486-4247
rcr@uconn.edu
 

References

NIH Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research

NSF Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Frequently Asked Questions