Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. The DRIC is responsible for tracking RCR compliance for NSF, USDA-NIFA, and NIH.

Non-funded graduate students should contact the School of Graduate Studies for more information regarding RCR training requirements.

Training Requirements

All personnel required to complete training will be contacted by the DRIC upon hire under an NSF, USDA-NIFA, or NIH grant. Each new employee will have 60 days to complete RCR training from the date of notification, unless otherwise notified.

Undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc students take RCR training via CITI.
Undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc students take RCR training via CITI.
Undergraduates take RCR training via CITI. Graduate students and postdoc fellows take RCR training via an in-person workshop offered once per semester, in addition to CITI training.

Training via CITI

To fulfill the RCR Training requirement, you must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Curriculum via the CITI website. Completion of any other CITI training module (such as Social & Behavioral Research Module) does NOT fulfill the RCR training requirement. You must pass each RCR training module with a score of 80% or higher. Upon completion, the DRIC will automatically receive an email with your certification of completion for their records.

Register As A New User

To register for CITI as a new user:

  1. Go to the CITI website.
  2. Click “Register” in the upper right corner of the page.
  3. Select “Utah State University” as your organizational affiliation.
  4. Continue to step 7 on the CITI website.
  5. Select Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Curriculum near the bottom of the list, then go to the next page.
  6. Select the focus area you want to complete – you only need to complete 1 – and click next.
  7. Click “Finalize Registration.”
Add A Course

If you are already registered to CITI, add the RCR course:

  1. Go to the CITI website and log in.
  2. Under “Main Menu/My Courses” scroll down to the bottom.
  3. Under “My Learner Tools for Utah State University” click “Add a Course.”
  4. Select Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Curriculum and click next.
  5. Select the focus area you want to complete – you only need to complete 1 – and click next.
  6. You should now be enrolled in that course.

In-Person Workshop

NIH requires all funded graduate students and postdoc fellows to complete at least 8 hours of in-person RCR training, in addition to CITI training. To fulfill this requirement, the DRIC hosts a 1-day RCR Workshop held once per semester (Spring and Fall). The DRIC will contact anyone that is required to complete the RCR Workshop upon hire under an NIH grant, providing additional details regarding the date, time, and location for the upcoming workshop.

If the new hire has previously completed the required 8 hours of in-person training within the last 4 years, then they will NOT need to complete the workshop at USU.

For more information about the RCR Workshop, please contact the Division of Research Integrity and Compliance.

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Please note that completion of USU 6900 (no longer offered at USU) fulfills the requirement for NIH.