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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.

Research Integrity and 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.

Required Training for Supported Personnel on NSF Grants: FAQ

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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, Research Integrity and Compliance provides online RCR training modules through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at no cost to students, faculty, and staff.

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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 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.