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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 two options for satisfying the training requirement, which must be completed during the course of the individual’s involvement in the federally funded project.

 

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 Fall 2017 semester:

Catalog Number Class Number Topic
GRAD 5910-001 4702 Deborah  McDonald – Responsible Conduct in Research
GRAD 5910-002 15123 Deborah McDonald – Responsible Conduct in Research

 

Two sections of GRAD 5910 are available for the Spring 2018 semester:

Catalog Number Class Number Topic
GRAD 5910-001 7556 David Daggett – Responsible Conduct in Research
GRAD 5910-002 10403 Jose Manautou – Responsible Conduct in Research

Some departments may require that all of their students take this RCR course, regardless of involvement in federally sponsored research.

 

OPTION 2 – Two Part Training

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will be changing its format for delivering Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.  Responsible Conduct of Research training is required by NSF, NIH and NIFA, and will be offered in January 2018.  In order to reduce potential conflicts with class schedules, the training will occur just before the start of the spring semester.  The RCR training will consist of two parts offered over the course of two days.  Part 1 will be offered both the morning and the afternoon of Day 1.  Part 2 will be offered both the morning and afternoon of Day 2.  Both Part 1 and Part 2 must be completed to meet the requirements and will eliminate the need to complete the online CITI RCR modules.  Exact days and times are to be determined.  On-line registration will be opened in mid-October.  The Health Center and some departments on the Storrs campus will continue to also offer a limited number of courses that meet the training requirements.​

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.  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.  The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) also requires education in RCR for program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and any staff participating in research projects supported by an NIFA award.

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