Responsible Conduct of Research

The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in research. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future researchers. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) have added requirements for the completion of RCR education and training. Please view the drop-down menu below for requirements and procedures.


Please forward any questions to Leah Vargas, Research Integrity and Compliance Officer, at leah.vargas@csus.edu.

 

In 2010, NSF implemented Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act. The Act requires that each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.

Training

The RCR training requirement for NSF funded student researchers must be completed prior to research conduct and can be satisfied through one or more of the following pathways:

Online CITI Training RCR Course Registration Guide
Philosophy 196R

This Research Integrity course offers 1 unit for credit/no credit and is offered in the Fall. 

Campus Procedure

NSF requires institutional verification of RCR training completion. To meet this requirement, the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development’s Research Integrity and Compliance Officer collects student researcher names from the Principal Investigator in the NSF Financial Conflict of Interest disclosure form, collected annually during the life of the grant. Student names will be matched to certifications in CITI or class enrollment in Phil 196R.

The National Institutes of Health requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support for Research Training Grants (T32, T34), Career Development Awards (individual or institutional), Research Education Grants, and Dissertation Research Grants must include an explanation of an educational program in the responsible conduct of research.

Educational Program

Funding Opportunity Announcements will identify when RCR training is required. The RCR training requirement for NIH can be satisfied through one or more of the following pathways:

Develop an educational program for the grant See the Instructional Component section for information.
Philosophy 196R This Research Integrity course offers 1 unit for credit/no credit and is offered in the Fall. For non-student researchers, other training arrengements will be required.

NIH Reporting and Compliance

NIH requires direct reporting on instruction in RCR in the initial proposal and in continuation (Type 5) applications.  

NIH expects that course attendance is monitored and that a certificate or documentation of participation is available to NIH or the institution upon course completion. NIH does not require certification of compliance or submission of documentation directly, but expects institutions to maintain records sufficient to demonstrate that NIH-supported trainees, fellows, and scholars have received the required instruction.

Campus Procedure

It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to maintain records sufficient to demonstrate that NIH-supported trainees, fellows, and scholars have received the required RCR instruction.

The Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development’s Research Integrity and Compliance Officer obtains verification of this NIH compliance component from the Principal Investigator in the PHS Financial Conflict of Interest disclosure form, collected annually during the life of the grant.