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Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) includes those professional activities that make up a research career, which are coming under increased regulatory scrutiny.  As defined by federal agencies, RCR encompasses the following nine areas:

  • research misconduct
  • human participants
  • research involving animals
  • mentor/trainee responsibilities
  • data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership
  • publication practices and responsible authorship
  • peer review
  • collaborative science
  • conflict of interest

RCR is the practice of scientific investigation with integrity; it involves awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.

At this time RCR training is only required for students supported by NSF grants as well as students, trainees, fellows and others who receive support through NIH training awards, career development awards and research education grants (please see the Office of Research Administration’s Guidance and Resources webpage).  However, RCR training is available as an option for all VCOM students, faculty and staff, and VCOM students are especially encouraged to take advantage of the online training program VCOM has available.

VCOM has contracted with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide an online RCR training program that covers the core principles of Responsible Conduct of Research. To take the training, go to the CITI webpage here and log in.  If you do not have an account, click the register button and enter Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, and then continue to enter all required information. Once you have registered, please click on “Add a course or update learner groups.”  Question 6 covers the RCR courses; please pick the course that most closely matches your area of research: Biomedical or Social and Behavioral.  For further information, please contact the VCOM IRB Coordinator.

If you are interested in the HHS’s Office of Research Integrity’s (ORI) Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research, you can view the book here, or you may download a PDF version of the book here (7,2MB).  Links to additional modules, books and other resources are available on ORI’s General Resources page.

Human Subjects Research Videos and Online Tutorials

These videos and modules are not designed to satisfy the investigator education requirements; however, they are excellent sources for supplementing the educational requirements for performing human subjects research.

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Educational Videos and Webinars are intended to provide information regarding regulations for the protection of human subjects (45.CFR.46). Additional information and a list of all videos/webinars can be found at the following links:

OHRP Educational Video webpage: 

OHRP YouTube Playlist: 

All of the links below will open a YouTube webpage with the specified video.

Additionally, the National Institute of Mental Health has a video discussing the required elements in an informed consent document for a clinical research protocol.  This video is intended for use by novice clinical investigators and clinical research staff:  The Elements of a Successful Informed Consent (24 minutes)

As a public service, the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Extramural Research offers a tutorial on protecting human research participants.  This online course is similar in structure to the required CITI human subjects research training.  While VCOM strongly encourages researchers to complete the CITI certification, the VCOM IRB will accept certification from the NIH for fulfillment of the educational requirement. The NIH FAQ on this course is available here.  The course and registration can be found at this link: