Responsible Conduct of Research

Training requirements for conducting research responsibly

If your research is supported by Public Health Service grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts; National Institutes of Health grants; or National Science Foundation grants, you are required to take training in the responsible conduct of research.

Indiana University is committed to providing training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) to undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, trainees, and research personnel.

Responsible conduct of research training:

  • Increases knowledge of federal, state, institutional policies and procedures
  • Increases awareness of ethical concerns related to the conduct of research
  • Enhances skills for ethical decision making
  • Improves understanding of the consequences of unethical conduct in research
  • Provides an open forum for questions, concerns and challenges

Federal Responsible Conduct of Research training requirements

Topics covered in federal responsible conduct of research training include:

  • Animal welfare
  • Collaborative research
  • Conflict of interest
  • Data management
  • Human subjects
  • Mentor/trainee relationship
  • Peer review
  • Research misconduct
  • Responsible and safe lab practices

The U.S. Office of Research Integrity has developed informational videos that address the above list of topics. You may also benefit from training and resources that are available in English, French, German, and Portuguese from Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation.

Indiana University has developed several training programs to support professional development and fulfill obligations to sponsors of our research programs. Depending on the funding opportunity announcement standard you are trying to meet, you may be required to complete one or more trainings online, in-person, or both.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) training requirements

The NIH requires all trainees, participants, undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, trainees, and scholars receiving support through the following programs to obtain responsible conduct of research training:

  • NIH Institutional Research Training Grants
  • Individual Fellowship Awards
  • Career Development Awards (Institutional and Individual)
  • Research Education Grants
  • Dissertation Research Grants
  • Other grant programs with training component as noted in the Funding Opportunity Announcement

Find more information regarding NIH’s policy and requirements for RCR instruction.