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.  All researchers in the Wake Forest School of Medicine community are expected to perform their work according to the highest standard of integrity.

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.


Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) considers education in the responsible conduct of research to be one of its major responsibilities to the research community. Courses and workshops are coordinated through the WFU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Each trainee in a federally sponsored training program is required to meet the eight contact hours of instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research as outlined in NOT-OD-10-019 and revised in NOT-OD-16-122. This includes discussion of relevant topics within required courses and journal clubs, and regular in-person discussions with their faculty advisors.