Responsible Conduct of Research

NSF RCR Training Requirements

Effective January 4, 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has mandated that all undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research must receive appropriate training and oversight in the ethical and responsible conduct of research (RCR).

 

In order to maintain compliance with this federal requirement, Syracuse University has adopted the following training plan, which should be completed within 6 months of initial date of employment or prior to final date of employment, whichever comes first:

Undergraduate Students:

 

Doctoral and Master’s Students (complete BOTH of the following trainings):

  • Requirement #1: Completion of Syracuse University’s web-based CITI RCR training modules. Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training
  • Requirement #2: Completion of the Syracuse University ½ day RCR training seminar*.  This training is offered on campus twice a year (in the Fall and Spring semesters).  The web-based CITI RCR training modules (requirement #1) MUST be completed prior to attending the on campus RCR training seminar.
    • *PRIOR completion of a Syracuse University Research Ethics Course, such as BEN 602, may be substituted in place of the ½ day on campus RCR training seminar.  However, the CITI web-based modules will still need to be completed.

 

Postdoctoral Researchers (complete BOTH of the following trainings):

  • Requirement #1: Completion of Syracuse University’s Web-based CITI RCR training modules. Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training
  • Requirement #2: Completion of the Syracuse University ½ day RCR training seminar*.  This training is offered on campus twice a year (in the Fall and Spring semesters). The web-based CITI RCR training modules (requirement #1) MUST be completed prior to attending the on campus RCR training seminar.
    • *PRIOR completion of a Syracuse University Research Ethics Course, such as BEN 602, may be substituted in place of the ½ day on campus RCR training seminar.  However, the CITI web-based modules will still need to be completed.

 

Questions: For questions or concerns regarding these training requirements or upcoming RCR seminars, please contact Katie Barnett (kjoa01@syr.edu) in the Office of Research Integrity and Protections.

 

PLEASE NOTE : The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training cannot be substituted for the CITI Human Subjects Training required for individuals involved in Human Subjects Research.

“On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research”