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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. 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, including 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. For faculty, RCR training is required on a case-by-case basis, when the award stipulates that RCR training is a requirement.

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 – 2018 Responsible Conduct of Research Training Workshops

Responsible Conduct of Research training is required by NSF, NIH and NIFA.  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.  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.​

In order to reduce potential conflicts with class schedules, the training will occur just before the start of the spring semester as follows:

Part 1 (4 hours)* REGISTER
Thursday, January 11, 2018
8:30 am-12:30 pm (Morning Session)
1:00 pm-5:00 pm (Afternoon Session)
Homer Babbidge Library, Video Theater Room 2

Part 2 (4 hours)* REGISTER
Friday, January 12, 2018
8:30 am-12:30 pm (Morning Session)
1:00 pm-5:00 pm (Afternoon Session)
Homer Babbidge Library, Video Theater Room 2

*In the event of a weather closing, Part 1 will be offered on January 19, from 8:30 am-12:30 pm, and Part 2 will be offered on January 19, from 1:00-5:00 pm.


OPTION 2 – Approved Department-Sponsored RCR Course

Some departments may require that all of their students take an RCR course, regardless of involvement in federally sponsored research.  Department-sponsored RCR courses must be approved by the Office of the Vice President for Research.  In addition, GRAD 5910: Responsible Conduct in Research, is a 1-credit graduate course offered every semester which satisfies the RCR requirement.

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


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


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

NSF Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Frequently Asked Questions