Policies, Standards, & Resources
RCR training is vital to the University’s mission to ensure that faculty and students are prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct work professionally and with integrity.
Investigators and trainees of specific NIH grant awards must receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. Designated NIH training grant applications must include a description of the plan to provide trainees with formal and informal instruction on scientific integrity and ethical principles in research. Plans for RCR instruction must address the subject matter, format, degree of faculty participation, trainee attendance, and the frequency of instruction.
For purposes of proposal development, template language has been created for use in outlining RCR training on campus.
These items constitute the fundamentals of Research Conduct of Research (RCR) as identified by the federal Office of Research Integrity. These nine (9) areas of RCR must be considered in the conduct of research:
- Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing, and Ownership
- Conflict of Interest and Commitment
- Human Subjects
- Animal Welfare
- Research Misconduct
- Policy and Procedures for Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct (PDF)
- Resources: Image Manipulation
- Online Learning Tool for Research Integrity and Image Processing, Office of Research Integrity (ori.hhs.gov)
- Seeing is believing? A beginners’ guide to practical pitfalls in image acquisition (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)
- What’s in a picture? The temptation of image manipulation (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) [Specific for blots, gels, and micrographs]
- Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
- Mentor / Trainee Responsibilities
- Peer Review
- Collaborative Science
- NIH Bioethics Resources– compilation of web links to information of potential use and interest to diverse audiences — biomedical and behavioral researchers, healthcare professionals, research participants, patients and patient advocates, students and faculty in different disciplines, and the general public.
- DHHS NIH Office of Extramural Research— multiple links to FAQ’s, updates, and ethics information.
- DHHS Office of Research Integrity RCR Resources— contains multiple RCR resources including general, animals, collaboration, conflicts, data, humans, mentorship, misconduct, peer review, and authorship
- Resources for Research Ethics Education— provides evidence-based research ethics education resources and tools.
- DHHS Office of Research Integrity RCR Human Subject Resources— contains multiple links for human ethics training resources
- National Academy of Engineering— online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research.
- Global Ethics Education Initiative (GEEI) — online courses in research ethics and Good Clinical Practice
- Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research— series of interactive tutorials on RCR
- Ethics Core Digital Library– National Center for Professional & Research Ethics— provides tools, multimedia educational materials, access to research literature, mentoring materials and more.
- Ethics Education Library– Ethics Education Resources in Engineering & the Sciences — includes case studies, best practice examples, ethics course syllabi, pedagogical materials and course assessment methods.