Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Imparting essential knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary for ethical research practices.

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Instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research

All researchers in the Wake Forest School of Medicine community are expected to perform their work according to the highest standard of integrity. Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a framework for imparting essential knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary for ethical research practices covering the nine instructional areas: research misconduct, publication practices and responsible authorship, peer review, conflict of interest and commitment, human subjects research, animal research, data acquisition, collaborative science and mentor/trainee responsibilities.

The goals of RCR education are to increase the participant’s knowledge regarding ethical considerations when conducting research, to develop skills for dealing with potential ethical, regulatory and scientific issues that may arise, and to heighten awareness of federal, state and institutional policies. The NIH and NSF now require that all trainees, fellows, participants and scholars receiving support through any training, career development awards (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. A total of 8 hours (annually) of RCR training is encouraged of all personnel involved in research.