Responsible Conduct of Research
Responsible conduct of research is the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.
All investigators and research trainees at UIC must follow federal, state, and university guidelines regarding training in the responsible conduct of research.
Who needs RCR training?
What type of RCR training is offered at UIC?
UIC offers the following RCR training:
- GC501 – Scientific Integrity and Responsible Research, a 1 hour credit course offered by the Graduate College. This course is designed to meet the NIH requirements for formal training in the responsible conduct of research.
- The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), an on-line course. Consists of a basic course, complemented with a set of additional modules of interest, and a refresher course. Both courses contain modules that cover core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research.
- RCR workshop Series for Postdocs and Faculty , offered by OVCR
- Other offerings: Some colleges offer RCR specific training, and trainees should check with their College Research Office to see what training is offered. For example, the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition in the College of Applied Health Sciences offers a 2-hour graduate course, KN503, Responsible Conduct of and Ethical Decision Making in Research, and the Honor’s College offers a 1-hour seminar, HON 201 (Spring), Responsible Conduct of Research for Undergraduate Researchers.
How do I comply with NIH RCR requirements?
- Who must take RCR: All trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award, research education grant, and/or dissertation research grant.
- What is required: An RCR Written Plan is required at time of application. Online instruction alone is not considered adequate. The curriculum is not defined, but NIH suggests nine specific topics. Acceptable programs generally involve at least eight contact hours and must be level specific.
- Compliance: Grantees are expected to report on RCR activity in progress and final reports.
- Template: Templates with suggested language are available for predoctoral students and postdoctoral/junior faculty scholars.
- Complete information is available at NOT-OD-10-019.htm
How do I comply with NSF RCR requirements?
- Who must take RCR: All undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who are supported by NSF to conduct research.
- RCR Written Plan and Content: Not required, but subject to review upon request. Content not specified. Submission of proposal certifies that an RCR plan is in place.
- Compliance: UIC is responsible for verifying that RCR requirements are met.
- The complete NSR policy can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rcr.jsp
Training Video: The Research Clinic
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) present The Research Clinic. The interactive training video educates clinical and social researchers on the importance of appropriately protecting research participants and avoiding research misconduct. The Research Clinic allows the viewer to assume the role of one of four characters and determines the outcome of the storyline by selecting decision-making choices for each “playable” character.
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