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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training


All University of Washington (UW) students and postdoctoral researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training in response to America COMPETES Act, section 7009. However, the RCR training required by the University of Washington differs for undergraduate students versus graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

RCR for Undergrad Students
RCR for Grad Students and Posts

* This RCR training does NOT meet NIH's educational requirement for research trainees to take Responsible Conduct of Research training (offered through the Biomedical Research Integrity Program).


RCR Training is intended to help sensitize the university research community to the wide range of ethical and professional issues that must be considered to ensure a climate of research integrity.

Per H. R. 2272, section 7009 of the "America COMPETES Act," and the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (Grant Proposal Guide and Award and Administration Guide), RCR training is now required for all National Science Foundation (NSF) supported...

  • undergraduate students,
  • graduate students, and
  • post doctoral researchers.


In response to the NSF RCR training requirement, the UW Office of Research now offers RCR training through CMDITR and CITI, on-line services providing research ethics education to all members of the research community.

  • CMDITR RCR training is a standardized RCR program covering a broad range of disciplines to meet sponsor requirements. The program is accessible to undergraduates with less prior experience in research, and is designed with the goal of teaching important key concepts and providing thoughtful educational feedback to users. Instructions for registering and completing CMDITR RCR Training.
  • CITI RCR training is a multi-faceted standardized RCR program to meet sponsor requirements and expand the UW?s commitment to provide UW graduate students and post docs with an exceptional academic experience. Instructions for registering and completing CITI RCR training.


  • Encourage best practices in the conduct of research and scientific investigations.
  • Foster an ability to recognize an ethical choice and the ability to make a principled decision.
  • Provide accessible educational opportunities and resources designed to help students and postdoctoral researchers meet the America COMPETES Act Responsible Conduct of Research training requirements.

NSF vs. NIH RCR requirements

NSF RCR training requirements differ from NIH training requirements in that NSF requires that any student or postdoctoral researcher supported by NSF receive RCR training. NIH requires only those individuals receiving training grants to undergo RCR training. UW offers RCR training that meets NIH RCR training requirements through the UW Biomedical Research Integrity Lecture Series.