Responsible Conduct of Research

In Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research, a publication of the Office of Research Integrity, Nicholas H. Steneck writes, “In general terms, responsible conduct in research is simply good citizenship applied to professional life. Researchers who report their work honestly, accurately, efficiently, and objectively are on the right road when it comes to responsible conduct.”   

Funding agencies recognize the importance of the responsible conduct of research (RCR) to maintain the public trust in the research enterprise. Institutions receiving funding from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health are required to have a plan in place for providing appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers involved in grant funded research.

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