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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

RCR Training

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

RCR training available through the Office of Research Compliance

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training is a program required by the National Science Foundation in response to federal guidelines for ensuring responsible and ethical conduct of research. RCR training is required for students and postdoctoral employees who receive support from the National Science Foundation.  As the Foundation’s website states, “the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering”*. Other granting agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, may also require RCR training for students and postdoctoral employees receiving support. As part of the Building Strength Initiative, BGSU has developed and implemented a plan for delivering RCR training. 

http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/rcr.jsp

This plan requires:

  • All students and postdoctoral employees receiving support from a granting agency which requires RCR training must complete the online RCR training course. 
  • All incoming graduate students from Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, and Sociology must complete the online RCR training course.   
  • All incoming graduate students who have accepted a Research Assistant appointment must complete the online RCR training course and participate in an in-person RCR training workshop during Graduate Student Orientation. 

If you are required to complete online training:

  • The online training is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at http://www.citiprogram.org.  Incoming graduate students must complete the training before Graduate Student Orientation week begins.  Click here for instructions.     

If you are required to complete in-person training:

  • In-person training is offered once a year and occurs during the Graduate Student Orientation week in August.  The training builds upon the online training by providing additional information about three of the RCR training topics.  

Who can I contact if I have a question about RCR Training?

Dr. Hillary Snyder

Research Compliance Officer
419-372-7716
hsrb@bgsu.edu