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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.

Available Training

Individuals can obtain RCR training through workshops and presentations offered by BRSA and through online learning modules offered by Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Training should include a combination of face to face learning and online training. Search the education database by selecting "Credited" in the drop-down for 'RCR Credit' to find courses.

External Resources

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation (NSF)