Responsible Conduct of Research
UW offers Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training in response to the requirements stated in H. R. 2272, section 7009 of the “America COMPETES Act,” the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (Grant Proposal Guide and Award and Administration Guide), and 2 CFR Part 422 for Research Institutions Conducting USDA-Funded Extramural Research. 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.
NSF RCR Training
RCR training is now required for all undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) funds.
Note: UW’s NSF RCR training does NOT meet NIH’s educational requirement for research trainees to take Responsible Conduct of Research training. The NIH requirement is met through the Biomedical Research Integrity Program.
UW offers RCR training that meets NIH RCR training requirements through the UW Biomedical Research Integrity Lecture Series. (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.)
RCR training is now required for all Principal Investigators, Key Personnel, and Investigators participating in National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) sponsored research. These designations may apply to faculty, staff, undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. See GIM 10 for the University’s definition of an Investigator.
Objectives of 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.