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Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a broad term referring to integrity and ethical standards in the work of scientists, scholars, and professionals involved in the field of scientific inquiry and practice. Responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers.

The RCR training course provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is comprised of 9 core instructional areas:

  • Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership of Data
  • Animal Welfare
  • Authorship/Plagiarism
  • Collaboration
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Human Subject Protections
  • Mentoring
  • Peer Review
  • Research Misconduct

URI RCR Training Plan

The URI RCR Training Plan describes the responsibilities of the institution and the Principal Investigator, along with the Office of Research Integrity’s method to verify compliance.

Covered Individuals

The RCR training course is required by all participants funded by the following:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) - All undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) - All trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and/or dissertation research grant.
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - All program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

    Although it is mandatory for these individuals to participate, the RCR training course is available to everyone at URI and completion is encouraged within the URI research community.

RCR Online Training

Individuals described above are required to complete the CITI online RCR training course. Information on accessing CITI training can be found on the Office of Research Integrity's CITI training page. Use the "Add a course or update your Learner Group" link on the "Learner Main Menu" to add RCR training to your course selections.

Retention of Documentation
Documentation of completed RCR training (e.g., copy of online training certificates) must be maintained by the PI for a period of three years after the conclusion of the award.  The University of Rhode Island requires the CITI online RCR training course to only be taken once.

NIH Specific Requirements
To satisfy the NIH RCR training requirement, some in-person training is generally required; on-line RCR training by itself is not sufficient. For more information, contact the Office of Research Integrity.

RCR Program Series

Discovery and innovation pave new roadways for improved health care. A collaborative and informed research community will help assure integrity and ethical conduct in the process. The RCR Program Series is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff who wish to gain a better understanding of the best practices in research from University of Rhode Island's experienced investigators.

Attendees will become aware of established professional norms and ethical principles for responsible scholarly conduct and learn how to apply them to their own work and conduct their research with integrity. Each session will be led by an expert on the seminar's topic and will include case studies, problem-solving discussion as well as invite dialogue on ethical dilemmas led by the research faculty.

The sessions will be held on both the Kingston Campus and the Graduate School of Oceanography. For more information, contact the Office of Research Integrity.

Click here for the schedule of events.

Now on the URI Providence Campus! Click here for more information.

Responsible Conduct of Research Resources



Compliance Quick Links