Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) includes the following categories, as defined by the Office of Research Integrity:

  • Research Misconduct
  • Data Management
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Collaborative Science
  • Responsible Authorship
  • Mentoring
  • Peer Review
  • Animals Research
  • Human Subjects Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires RCR training for any undergraduates, graduates, and postdocs hired on the grant to do research. For additional information regarding the applicability of these mandates, please see TAMUK’s RCR training plan for NSF-sponsored projects. Online training alone is sufficient to satisfy NSF requirements and is available through CITI.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also requires RCR training on certain grants. For additional information about these requirements, please see TAMUK’s RCR training plan for NIH-sponsored projects or the original NIH Notice. Online training alone is not sufficient to satisfy NIH’s requirements.


Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) offers online training in RCR in the following disciplines:

  • Biomedical RCR
  • RCR for Engineers
  • Humanities RCR
  • Physical Science RCR
  • Social and Behavioral RCR

When taking RCR training, please affiliate with TAMUK and select the RCR course that best fits your discipline. When you’ve completed all the required modules, please print out your completion report and keep it for your records.

NSF & NIH Requirements

This page was last updated on: April 26, 2018