CITI Program’s RCR series consists of a basic course, complemented with a set of additional modules of interest, and a refresher course. Both courses contain modules that cover core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research. Both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have policies that require certain categories of researchers to receive RCR training. RCR is increasingly viewed as an essential component of training, regardless of a researcher’s source of funding.
A course covering 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.
The RCR courses are 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 postdoctoral 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 settings.
The RCR basic course covers essential topics to be a responsible researcher: authorship, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, data management, financial responsibility, mentoring, peer review, plagiarism, research misconduct, and research involving humans and animals. CITI also goes beyond the standard core and offers modules on topics such as export controls, social and environmental issues relating to engineering research, and social responsibilities as a researcher.
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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