CITI Program's Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) series includes disciplinary courses for the biomedical sciences, engineering, the humanities, the physical sciences, and the social, behavioral and education sciences. A course that is specifically tailored to research administrators is also available.
Each of the RCR course offerings covers the core norms, principles, and rules governing the practice of responsible research. RCR training is now part of funding requirements of both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). RCR is increasingly viewed as an essential component of research training, regardless of a researcher’s source of funding.
A separate course covers the revised Public Health Service (PHS) regulations associated with financial conflicts of interest and an investigator's responsibilities relating to the disclosure of "Significant Financial Interests" is also available.
CITI’s RCR content is designed to be suitable for any person involved in research, ranging from upper-level undergraduates to established faculty. Particular emphasis is given to the educational needs of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. The NIH requires at least some categories of trainees to have in-person discussions about RCR, and CITI’s courses can be used to complement these activities. CITI’s courses can also be used independently of a classroom or other in-person setting.
The modules in each course cover the standard RCR core topics: mentoring, authorship, peer review, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, data management, research misconduct, and research with human and animal subjects. CITI also goes beyond the standard core and offers modules on topics such as export control, plagiarism, social and environmental issues relating to engineering research, and whistleblowing.
For a listing of available RCR and COI modules, as well as standard course configurations, download the Responsible Conduct of Research Catalog (PDF file).
For recommendations on using the RCR series, download Using CITI Program Content: Responsible Conduct of Research (PDF file). For information on the COI course, download Using CITI Content: Conflict of Interest (PDF),
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