Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible conduct of research is defined as 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.

The Office of Research Compliance monitors responsible conduct in research matters. Note that some federal grant programs, in particular the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), require RCR training.

Web-based RCR training modules are available through the CITI training site.

NSF Resources

NIH Resources

Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research

NIH Updates

RCR presentations by the Office of Research Compliance are available upon request. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance,, 740-593-0664.