Responsible conduct in research (RCR) is simply good citizenship practices applied to professional life. It is an ongoing process of reconciling regulations, guidelines, standards, and ethics to promote integrity in the proposing, planning, conducting, reporting, and reviewing of research. It involves reporting and working honestly, accurately, efficiently, and objectively. RCR topics include human and animal subject research, conflicts of interest, data management practices, mentor and trainee responsibilities, authorship and publication, and peer review.
The UMass Lowell Training Implementation Plan (pdf) outlines the details and processes for completing the training to meet the specific agency requirements.
UMass Lowell provides access to online RCR training available from CITI. NSF (and UMass Lowell) require all undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers supported from NSF awards to complete the training upon hire. Training requirements also apply to some NIH and NIFA (USDA) awards. (Refer to the Plan noted above for details. For NIH awards that require the training, training requirements are more extensive, and the CITI training is not acceptable).
The Office of Research Integrity directs Public Health Service funded research, and has published the "Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research," by N.H. Stenbeck, as a resource guide.
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