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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Responsible conduct of research starts with understanding the definitions, regulations, and procedures for handling allegations, and case histories. For additional information, please refer to the following links. Some of the following documents are provided in PDF format. You will need the free Acrobat Reader software at the Adobe Website.
In accordance with the University policy on ethical conduct of research (December 2011) in order to comply with Federal statutes, the Office of Sponsored Programs will inform researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows conducting research on certain types of National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded programs to enroll and complete the appropriate RCR training.
Please review the RCR guidelines and policy above to determine if training may be applicable to your funded research. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Office of Research Compliance at (856) 256-4078.
On-line RCR training is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) - Web-based Training in Responsible Conduct of Research for Faculty and Students (http://www.citiprogram.org). CITI is a web-based program used by universities, other entities conducting research, and is periodically updated by veteran and experienced researchers and research administrators. The program can accommodate disabled individuals and is available in multiple languages.
RCR modules require a grade of 80% or higher, training is valid for three (3) years, and at any time during the training, a user can stop halfway and log back on at a different time to complete the training. Existing modules completed will still be considered completed, even if the full training course is not completed at that time.
Guidance for Principal Investigators who receive research support from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
Principal Investigators are responsible for the stewardship of the NSF funds and management of the research. The Office of Research has developed a policy to assist investigators when determining who and when RCR training is required to be completed. Below are some hints to assist the Principal Investigator in maintaining compliance with NSF and management of personnel assigned to work on or be paid from an NSF fund.
Guidance for Principal Investigators who receive research support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Principal Investigators are responsible for the stewardship of the NIH funds and management of the research. The Office of Research has developed a policy to assist investigators when determining who and when RCR training is required to be completed. NIH only applies the RCR training standards to a specific set of awards, and the training is broken out into two (2) distinct methods that may be applied to the training. One method is for students, graduate and undergraduate, and postdocs that are short term, which is six (6) months or less, can meet RCR training standards using the online training module available in CITI. The second method is a didactic, in-person training. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance at (856) 256-5150 or Eric Gregory for further guidance.