- Federal Register Final Rule: Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research
- NIH’s Financial Conflict of Interest Info
- NIH’s Frequently Asked Questions on FCOI in Research
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.
RCR training is required for any students (graduate, undergraduate and postdoctoral) supported by National Science Foundation grants and programs. The National Institutes of Health also requires training for students, trainees, fellows and others who receive support through NIH training awards, career development awards and research education grants. If you are involved in a project receiving funds from NSF or NIH that meets the requirements, the Office of Research Administration will contact you to go over your responsibilities. For more information on what specific NIH mechanisms require RCR training, and how to meet the requirements, please contact the Office of Research Administration.
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. The NIH also requires additional face-to-face training such as classroom instruction, one-on-one sessions with a mentor, case studies and other training programs as deemed appropriate by the principal investigator or associate dean.
To take the training, go to the CITI webpage 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. You must complete all modules within a course and receive a passing grade of 80% overall. Note that you do not have to complete the entire course in one sitting.
If you are required to complete the RCR training per NSF or NIH guidelines, you must have your training completed prior to the start of the NSF or NIH project. Any individual who does not complete the RCR course prior to that time, will be removed from the award and will not be reinstated until the training is complete. Any trainee on an NIH award who does not complete the RCR course will not be able to start their project until the training is complete.
Federal Application Resources
- Grants.gov home page
- NIH Grants Process Overview
- NIH Sample Applications and Summary Statements
- Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
- NIH SF424R&R Application Information
- NIH eRA Commons
NIH Investigator-Initiated Grants
Parent announcements are available for most research mechanisms including R01, R03, R21, R15 and R/U13. Please visit the NIH Parent Announcement Website for the most up to date FOA numbers.