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Responsible Conduct of Research Training Procedures
Both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and specific programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mandate that institutions certify at the time of proposal submission that they have a program to promote "responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project." These requirements went into effect in January 2010. Compliance committees at Rhode Island College such as the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC), and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) may also impose their own CITI training and certification requirements before investigators are allowed to submit research protocols for committee review.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
In order to establish a common, campus-wide baseline of RCR training and in conformance with these new requirements, the college has contracted with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. This online RCR education and training program incorporates the following instructional areas in compliance with NSF and NIH requirements:
- Data Acquisition and Management
- Research Misconduct
- Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
- Mentor-Trainee Responsibilities
- Peer Review
- Collaborative Science
Link to the CITI Program website: www.citiprogram.org
Instructions for Completing the CITI Program
Complete the course entitled: "Responsible Conduct of Research Course." Participants are only obligated to complete the required modules; however, completing one or more of the optional case study modules is strongly encouraged.
When training is completed, print the CITI completion certificate and retain it for your records. It will not be necessary to submit a copy to ORGA. The office will receive confirmation of participant completion directly from the CITI Program. Submit a copy of the completion certificate to the respective compliance committee if one is requested.
RCR Training Workshops will be announced in the Research Announcements & ORGA Events section of this website.