Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Training Options, Recording Courses, and Validating Completion

Applicability

This policy applies to the following individuals:

National Science Foundation (NSF): Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers working on NSF-funded projects are required to receive responsible conduct of research training. See NSF FAQ RCR Requirement 2010-03-03.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): All trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH Institutional Research Training Grants, Individual Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards (Institutional and Individual), Research Education Grants, Dissertation Research Grants, or other grant programs with a training component that requires instruction in responsible conduct of research as noted in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. See NOT-OD-10-019 NIH Notice RCR Requirement 2009-11-24.


Overview

CAL's policy is designed to comply with MSU's Institutional Policy for Training and Oversight in the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research. Due to the diversity of units and disciplines within CAL, it is expected there may be significant variation in the implementation of the plan to suit individual needs.

Initially a minimum of five hours of formal training is required for each researcher. A minimum of three hours of refresher training should be provided each subsequent year throughout the researcher's involvement in the sponsored project.


Initial Training - 5 Hours Minimum

The researcher must receive training in each of the following four areas:

1. HUMAN SUBJECTS PROTECTION TRAINING – 1-2 HOURS (Choose one)

2. RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH TRAINING – 2-3 HOURS (Choose one)

3. CONFLICT OF INTEREST TRAINING - 1 HOUR

The PI will assign the researcher readings on this topic from MSU'S Graduate School research integrity website. The PI or Co-PI will meet with the researcher individually or in a group to discuss the required Conflict of Interest form and personal circumstances related to the funded project.
When appropriate, this training and discussion may be accomplished in a research methods course.

4. AUTHORSHIP & DATA ISSUES TRAINING - 1 HOUR

The PI will assign the researcher readings on this topic from MSU'S Graduate School research integrity website. The PI or Co-PI will meet with the researcher individually or in a group to discuss authorship and data issues related to the project.
When appropriate, this training and discussion may be accomplished in a research methods course.


Refresher Training - 3 Hours Minimum Annually

In the second and subsequent years the researcher must receive training in each of the following three areas:

1. HUMAN SUBJECTS PROTECTION TRAINING – 1-2 HOURS (Choose one)

2. RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH TRAINING – 1-2 HOURS

The PI will assign refresher training to researchers and may choose from options listed in the Initial Training Section 2 above. The PI should choose topics relevant to the funded project and important for the researcher's professional development.

3. MEETING WITH PI OR CO-PI – 1 HOUR

The PI or Co-PI will meet with researcher individually or in a group to discuss human subjects protection, conflict of interest, authorship and data issues, etc. related to the funded project.


CITI Registration Instructions

Detailed instructions on how to register to take a CITI course.


Recording and Validating Training – RTTS system

The student/researcher should enter training completed in the RTTS system.

The faculty adviser/PI should validate training has been completed in the RTTS system.

Detailed instructions on how to record and validate RCR training.


Contact for Questions