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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.

Interim Rowan Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research Training
Federal Definitions and Regulations
Historical Cases and examples

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 training policy above to determine if training may be applicable to your funded research. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Research Office. Eric Gregory, Compliance & Contracts Specialist, at (856) 256-4058 or at

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 ( 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.

  • During the NSF proposal submission process, you should identify the undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows that may work on the NSF project
  • After the award is granted to you, the students and post-docs identified should be directed to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training online via CITI
  • Please note that if payment for a student is paid for/disbursed from the grant, then the payment will not go through until the student or post doc fellow has completed RCR training in CITI.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Eric Gregory, Compliance and Contracts Specialist at