Responsible conduct of research

Register for one-day training session before Jan. 30


2:26 p.m., Dec. 16, 2013--The University of Delaware Research Office and the Office of Graduate and Professional Education will host a one-day training session in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at the Trabant University Center. 

All members of the UD research community are invited and encouraged to participate. Additionally, some funding agencies have distinct requirements: 

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  • Undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers receiving funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to perform research are required to complete RCR training.
  • Under National Institutes of Health (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 and dissertation research grant. Training should be taken at least once during each career stage and at a frequency of no less than every four years. 

The training session will provide an overview of the basic rules and principles that apply to RCR, from ethical considerations in performing research, to requirements associated with the use of human subjects or animals, financial management of research funding, laboratory safety, export controls and conflicts of interest. 

Related topics to be covered include authorship in scholarly communication of research results and research-related intellectual property issues. 

Attendance to the one-day RCR session will be tracked by scanning the UD ID card of each attendee at different times throughout the day. Participation of graduate students is noted as a completed non-credit course on their transcript. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the session.

Pre-registration is required and may be completed at this website. Registration will close on January 30, 2014. 

Online training is also available throughout the year at for all those required to fulfill instruction in RCR and not able to attend an in-person session. A passing grade for all modules must be at least 85 percent overall to successfully complete the training. Once all required modules are completed in CITI, a completion report and a copy is automatically sent to the Research Office. 

More information about the RCR options at UD can be found on the Research website

Questions about the RCR training should be directed to Maria Palazuelos at 302-831-8619 or 

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