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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Texas State University is committed to conduct research in an ethical and responsible way. We are dedicated to instilling in our community a shared understanding of, and adherence to, the principles of responsible conduct of research.

The Office of Research Integrity & Compliance is here to assist our researchers in furthering their awareness of responsible conduct of research (RCR) topics and to address requirements of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

RCR Resources

Office of Research Integrity (ORI) Resources:

ORI in collaboration with the research community has developed two very interesting and capturing interactive movies on research misconduct: The Lab and The Research Clinic. The videos allow viewers to take on the role of different members of the research team and guide them through different scenarios.

Click on the links below to view the videos.

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The Research Clinic

Additional ORI Resources:

ORI provides a wide variety of helpful resources on the topic of research integrity.

On Being a Scientist: a Guide to Responsible Conduct of Research

On Being a Scientist was designed to supplement the informal lessons in ethics provided by research supervisors and mentors. The book describes the ethical foundations of scientific practices and some of the personal and professional issues that researchers encounter in their work.

The book is aimed primarily at graduate students and beginning researchers, but its lessons apply to all scientists at all stages of their scientific careers.

Click on the book cover or the "Read" link below to access the full text of On Being a Scientist from the National Academies Press. Log in to the NAP site to download the book in PDF format.

FAQs

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Who has to complete RCR training?

All students (including undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars) supported by the National Science Foundation are required to complete an approved course in Responsible Conduct of Research (NSF Award and Administration Guide, Chapter IV – Grantee Standards).  

All other students, as well as, faculty and staff, are encouraged to complete the training, but are not required to do so. The training introduces principles on the ethical conduct of research and exposes trainees to potential ethical dilemmas while providing guidance on how the principles of RCR can be used to resolve these dilemmas.

Where do I complete the training?

For those individuals in need of NSF-compliant training, the Office of Research Integrity & Compliance provides online RCR training modules through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at no cost to students, faculty, and staff.

To access the training go to https://www.citiprogram.org

How do I register for the training?

To register for the training, follow the steps in the PDF file.

What topics does the RCR training cover?

As defined by federal regulations, RCR training covers the following nine areas:

  • research misconduct
  • data management
  • authorship
  • peer review
  • mentor/trainee responsibilities
  • research involving human subjects
  • using animal subjects in research
  • collaborative research
  • conflicts of interests

 The training varies among the different learner groups.

Whom do I notify that I have completed the training?

Please send your certificate of completion to sas289@txstate.edu and your supervising faculty member.

Does the RCR training requirement flow down to any subawardee identified on the project?

Yes. The RCR training requirement does flow down to all subawardees at any tier. Texas State must therefore ensure that these RCR requirements are appropriately met.

Do PIs have to report in annual or final reports to NSF on the RCR training?

PIs are not required to report on RCR training in final or annual reports.

How often do I have to complete RCR training?

The online RCR training is required one time only.

Does taking the CITI RCR training count for Human Subjects Training or for Animal Care and Use Training?

No. The RCR training does not meet the requirements of training needed for the IRB or IACUC. You will need to complete different specific courses through CITI to meet the requirements for Animal Welfare and Human Subject Research trainings.