UD Research Office: Responsible Conduct of Research Conference

All members of the UD research community are encouraged and welcomed to participate in RCR training. Instruction in the responsible conduct of research focuses on promoting awareness of norms, guidelines, policies, and regulatory requirements related to proper research practice. Knowledge about these fundamentals is both, necessary to conduct research ethically and responsibly, as well as required by federal policies.

Online training is available throughout the year at citiprogram.org. This training offers an overview of the basic principles and regulations that apply to the responsible conduct of research–from ethical considerations in performing research, to requirements related to the involvement of human subjects or the use of animals. More information about the RCR training options at UD can be found in the Research Office website. Online RCR training is sufficient to fulfill the NSF, and NIFA requirements. NIH prescribes that formal and informal in-person discussions on these topics should also be part of RCR instructions.

Attendance to this webinar, in addition to completion of the CITI online training,
is a requisite to satisfy the NIH training requirement.

Who is required to complete RCR training? Federal funding agencies have distinct requirements as to who needs to complete RCR training. It is the responsibility of faculty and PIs to ensure that all personnel funded by their project(s) and required to complete RCR training do so in a timely manner consistent with the applicable agency policy.

  • Under NIH policy, RCR instruction is to be completed by all trainees, fellows, and scholars receiving NIH support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, or dissertation research grant. NIH prescribes the expectation that RCR training will involve substantive hours of in-person training. Training is to be completed at least once during each career stage and repeated every four years.
  • Per NSF requirement, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers receiving NSF funding to conduct research must complete RCR training.
  • NIFA dictates that program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in a funded research or research-related project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research.


Questions about RCR requirements, registration, and webinar details can be directed to RCR-training@udel.edu



RCR Conference

Zoom Webinar
Hosted by the Research Office
On January 27, 2022


The scientist as a responsible member of society

Bill Farquhar, PhD
Associate Dean of Research, College of Health Sciences
Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology


Research Ethics

Thomas Powers
Associate Professor,
Center for Science, Ethics & public Policy


Rigor & Reproducibility in Research


Maria Palazuelos
Director, Research Compliance


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