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 employees working in laboratories receiving support from the National Science Foundation must complete the online RCR training course. 
  • Those receiving support from K and T grants from the National Institutes of Health should contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research for further assistance.

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.     

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

Research Compliance

419-372-7716
orc@bgsu.edu