Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Researchers have important professional and regulatory responsibilities related to the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), which is broadly defined as the practice of scholarship and scientific investigation with integrity. This page is a consolidated source for information and resources to help UCCS research faculty and staff navigate and fulfill RCR responsibilities.

It is the Principal Investigator's (PI) role to protect the scientific integrity of the research/project. The PI must ensure that any students, postdoctoral scholars, or other persons performing work on the project have received proper training and education in the area of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). 

Federal research sponsors; such as NSF and NIH, have implemented regulations requiring RCR training is provided to research/project personnal as a requirement of certain awards.

The links below provide information and resources for RCR requirements.

 

NSF Competes Requirements and UCCS Guidelines National Science Foundation Logo

NSF’s Implementation of Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act requires institutions that receive NSF funds provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who are supported by NSF to conduct research.

 

NIH RCR Requirements and UCCS Guidelines

On November 24, 2009, the NIH released a Policy Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct ofNIH Logo Research. The updated Policy covers specific award mechanisms and is effective for new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010. Updates are effective for all continuation applications with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011.

 

Additional RCR Resources

This section includes several responsible conduct in research (RCR) resources that are available on the web (online publications and RCR websites) for researchers interested in learning more about ethics and responsible conduct in research. Please note this is not a comprehensive list of all RCR education resources on the web. The websites below are provided as additional resources and should not be used as the sole source to comply with RCR requirements.

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