Responsible Conduct of Research Training FAQS
Links to Responsible Conduct of Research Training can be found in the Training section of this website.
The following topics are generally included in RCR curriculum:
Data acquisition and management
Conflicts of interest
Protection of research subjects
Collaborative research practices
Different disciplinary areas may also have their own topics related to research conduct in the discipline.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Policy
National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation requires that, at the time of proposal submission, the institution has a plan to provide appropriate Responsible Conduct of Research training and oversight to all students (undergraduates, graduate, and postdocs) who will be supported by NSF to conduct research (see NSF information page). Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act establishes a requirement for RCR training as follows:
"The Director shall require that each institution that applies for financial assistance from the [national science] Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project."
A student funded by the NSF can satisfy this training requirement by completing a Stanford course on the Responsible Conduct of Research, i.e., MED 255, or by completing one of the CITI RCR courses.
Students who are funded by the National Science Foundation, e.g., students with NSF fellowships, or paid as an RA on an NSF research project, are required to complete the appropriate RCR module within the first quarter of their funding.
View the NSF RCR FAQs
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Policy
National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that all applications for Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA) Research Training Grants (T32, T34) include a description of a program to provide instruction in the responsible conduct of research.
A trainee on an NIH Training Grant can satisfy this training requirement by enrolling in and completing the requirements for MED 255, Responsible Conduct of Research. Note that completion of one of the CITI modules does NOT satisfy the NIH requirement.
How to Access CITI RCR Training
- Go to the CITI website. You are in the page titled " Login through my Institution". Select Stanford University from the list.
- You will be prompted to go through the Stanford web auth page.
- Select View Courses next to Stanford University
- CITI provides two different types of required training for Stanford personnel: training in the protection of human subjects in research, and training in the responsible conduct of research. "Learner Groups" will identify which of these curricular programs you want to take.
- After you submit information to identify yourself, you will see a page listing the different CITI curriculum options, called "groups," for Stanford.
- Scroll to 3. Responsible Conduct of Research, at the bottom of this page, and select the curricular track appropriate for you. The five choices are: Biomedical , Social and Behavioral Science , Physical Science , Humanities , and RCR for Engineers and Computer Scientists.
Do I have to complete the quizzes?
Several of the modules require a completion quiz. Where there is a required quiz, you must complete it with a score of at least 85% in order to have your completion of that module recorded.
What is a passing grade?
A grade of 85% or better is required to pass an RCR module quiz. If you do not achieve that score, you can retake the quiz (questions may be different) until you do.
Does my grade go on my Stanford transcript?
No. Module quiz scores are kept only within a database of CITI completions. Your completion of any of these tutorials is not recorded by the Office of the Registrar at Stanford University, and is not recorded on your University transcript.
I am funded by the NSF. When do I need to complete an RCR module?
Students who are funded by the National Science Foundation, e.g., students with NSF fellowships or paid as an RA on an NSF research project are required to complete the appropriate RCR module within the first quarter of their funding.