Resources for Responsible Conduct of Research

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Training Resources for Responsible Conduct of Research

Protecting Human Subjects, Responsible Conduct of Research and Conflict of Interest Training

Faculty who are required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research training as part of their grant submission can complete it in two ways.

If your research involves human subjects, you must complete the NIH course on Protecting Human Subjectfound on the NIH website and submit your certificate of completion to CSFD.

If your research does not include human subjects, you must complete the CITI (Collaborative institutional Training Initiative) training for the responsible conduct of research. There are training programs specifically designed for bio-med, engineering, humanities, physical sciences and social, behavioral, & education sciences.

All researchers must take the following modules in their discipline.

  • Authorship
  • Collaborative Research
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Data Management
  • Mentoring
  • Peer Review
  • Research Misconduct

Researchers using non-human animals must complete the Using Animal Subjects in Research module.

Those conducting engineering-based research must complete two additional modules.

  • Environmental and Social Dimensions of Engineering Research
  • Whistleblowing and the Obligation to Protect the Public

To register for the RCR training:

To complete the program you can pay on your own and receive reimbursement from CSFD when submitting receipts or have CSFD register on your behalf and we will send you your credentials to complete the training.  If you choose to register on your own, open the CITI link above, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the For subscription and pricing options link and register as an Independent Learner.

Conflict of Interest Training

If your granting agency requires you to complete conflict of interest training, you can meet this requirement by completing NIH’s conflict of interest training module. The tutorial takes about 20 minutes to complete.  Complete the required training tutorial and then print out and send the certificate of completion at the end of the tutorial to The Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development.

Your appropriate training certificate must be on file before CSFD will submit your grant. See your grant proposal application instructions to see which members of the grant team are required to have RCR training. To stay current, certificates must be updated at least every 5 years unless the granting agency requires a more frequent education cycle.  In addition, Investigators must disclose any Significant Financial Interests at least annually during the period of an NIH grant.

SPU Conflict of Interest Policy

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