Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is essential to the conduct of research and teaching at UNC, and federal granting agencies are now requiring that grantees certify to having institutional plans in place to provide training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to students, faculty and staff members.
The UNC Plan for Responsible Conduct of Research provides information about RCR and RCR educational opportunities, and it outlines the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in RCR at UNC. RCR training is available to UNC students, faculty and staff members through online course modules of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) of the University of Miami.
Online course modules in the Responsible Conduct of Research are available to UNC faculty, staff and students.
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.
- NSF RCR FAQs – Reporting Sexual Harassment
- NSF RCR Policy
- NIH RCT Policy
- DHHS Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Integrity-Educational Resources in RCR (select the tab for RCR Resources)
- DHHS ORI interactive training video, The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct
- NIH Research Ethics (Browse through the NIH course)
- NSF Frequently Asked Questions About RCR
- National Postdoctoral Association Responsible Conduct of Research Toolkit
- Family Health International Research Ethics Training Curriculum
from Family Health International, funded by USAID, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and NIH
- On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research Video from the Committee
on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy and the Policy and Global Affairs at the
Book / Video / Podcast
- Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research