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In order to meet the institutional obligation to provide RCR training, The University of Iowa has developed a Responsible Conduct of Research Plan under the joint sponsorship and responsibility of the Graduate College and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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RCR Plan

Training Program

Approval of RCR courses for Advanced Training

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

Federal Policies (NSF, NIH and USDA/NIFA)

FAQs

Contacts

 

 

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Proce​ss

Our current RCR program focuses on four groups specifically engaged in NIH and/or NSF- funded research or other scholarly creativity involving undergraduates, predocs, postdocs and early career faculty holding NIH K-Awards.  For the purposes of RCR education, members of these four groups are designated as trainees

If the trainee is engaged in research that is funded by NIH, NSF, or NIFA (e.g., investigator initiated, career award, fellowship, or training grant), then the trainee must complete the appropriate RCR program described on page 2 of the RCR plan.

 

Program

Course Name

Eligibility and Timeframe

  Tuition

  Notes

Undergraduate and Professional (all AuD, DDS, DNP, MD, MHA, MPH, MSN, PharmD) Degree Students
 

Phase 1 online CITI training *

 RCR modules according to role in research of trainee

Trainees may complete modules at their own pace, but must complete the entire course RCR course within the first month of research participation.

No cost to trainee

Trainees will access the CITI site through a UI portal designed to track and record their progress.

Records of completion will be automatically generated, electronically maintained, and may be transferrable to other institutions.

  1. * Once logged in, choose Responsible Conduct of Research (CITI) under “Training
  2. Once logged in to the external site, click on “University of Iowa Courses” to expand the menu. Next, click “Add a course or update your learner groups for University of Iowa
  3. Next select “I am required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training” and choose the most appropriate course among the 5 choices provided: Biomedical RCR, Social Sciences RCR, Physical Science RCR, Humanities RCR, Engineers RCR

Predoctoral  (Masters and Doctoral Degree) Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and K-Award Faculty
 

Phase 1 Online CITI Training * RCR modules according to role in research of trainee Trainees may complete modules at their own pace, but must complete the entire RCR course within the first month on federal funding.

No cost to trainee

Trainees will access the CITI site through a UI portal designed to track and record their progress.

Records of completion will be automatically generated, electronically maintained, and may be transferrable to other institutions.

  1. * Once logged in, choose Responsible Conduct of Research (CITI) under “Training
  2. Once logged in to the external site, click on “University of Iowa Courses” to expand the menu. Next, click “Add a course or update your learner groups for University of Iowa
  3. Next select “I am required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training” and choose the most appropriate course among the 5 choices provided: Biomedical RCR, Social Sciences RCR, Physical Science RCR, Humanities RCR, Engineers RCR

Phase 2 Face-to-Face Discipline Specific RCR courses

Different course titles in each academic unit.  

Open to trainees in specific academic units or by special permission. Offered in either Fall or Spring semesters depending on the academic unit.  Trainees must enroll and complete the approved face-to-face RCR course after completion of the Phase 1 CITI training

For graduate students, this course will factor into student registrations and will be subject to the UI Tuition and Mandatory Fees Table in effect at the time.

No cost to postdoctoral or K-Award trainees

Course completion will be recorded on the student’s transcript and can be reported to other institutions.

Additional Programmatic RCR training
 

NIH T32 trainees may be required to complete specific T32 RCR training identified by their individual NIH training programs.

 

Approval of RCR courses for Advanced Training

Not all of in‐person ethics of research training course offered at the University of Iowa satisfy either the institutional RCR plan of the Federal guidelines.  A doctoral program, department or college that wants to offer an advanced face-to-face RCR course for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees must submit a PDF iconproposal to the Graduate College prior to the semester in which the course will be taught to count as an approved course. In addition, all course syllabi are audited yearly to ensure they continue to meet federally required content standards. Please contact Shelly Campo in the Graduate College at 335-2136 for more information.

 

*Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Researchers

Click here to review the Graduate College's policies and recommendations for all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers involved in federally funded research.

 

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) RCR Requirements

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has implemented a new requirement to ensure all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in NSF-funded projects receive appropriate training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. As of January 2010 institutions must, at the time of proposal submission, formally certify that an RCR training plan is in place and must, as a condition of award, ensure that all participating students and postdoctoral researchers receive the required training. Learn more

 

 

 

The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) RCR requirements

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NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research.  This policy will take effect with all new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010, and for all continuation (Type 5) applications with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011.  Learn more

 

 

 

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) logoNational Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Effective for awards subject to the NIFA’s February 2013 Research Terms and Conditions (and those issued subsequently), program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project (“participant”) must receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research. NIFA requires this training only for projects that are research in nature.

 

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Additional Resources:

 
How do I sign-up for and complete RCR training?
Trainees are required to complete the appropriate RCR program based on their current university position (undergraduate, predoc, postdoc, or K-Award faculty). Details regarding each training plan are available on page 2 of the RCR plan and the RCR Training Summary table above.
 
 
Who must receive RCR training?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) expects institutions to be able to verify that those students (undergraduates and graduates) and postdoctoral researchers who receive NSF funds (support from salary and/or stipends to conduct research on NSF grants) will obtain RCR training. However, NSF anticipates that institutions will develop their RCR training programs in a manner that helps prepare the next generation of researchers, including the consideration of risks or other factors associated with student and postdoctoral researcher participation in research.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) policy applies to all NIH Institutional Research Training Grants, Individual Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards (Institutional and Individual), Research Education Grants, Dissertation Research Grants, or other grant programs with a training component that requires instruction in responsible conduct of research as noted in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has mandated that program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research.

 
Does the RCR training plan have to be in place at the time of proposal submission?
Yes, a RCR training plan must be in place at the time of proposal submission.
Additional details regarding NIH proposals are available here.
 
 

Additional Resources:

 "UI Implementation of Responsible Conduct of Research Requirements," presented 12/01/2010 at the Research Administrator's Meeting.

 

RCR References and Web sites

The AAAS references and online resources on the Responsible Conduct of Research

NSF Federal Register Notice on RCR Implementation:  Federal Register Notice of August 20, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 160)

ORI's RCR Education Materials Clearinghouse  

National Academy of Engineering Workshop Report: Ethics Education and Scientific and Engineering Research: What's Been Learned? What Should be Done? (2009)

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, University of Miami, CITI Responsible Conduct of Research Program  Extensive on-line RCR courses provide a significant source of instructional material

Steneck, N.H. (2004) ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research An introduction to RCR, with a useful list of resources in its bibliography

Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, Indiana University. Resources for Teaching Research Ethics

Board on Health Sciences Policy and Institute of Medicine (2002) Integrity in Scientific Research: Creating an Environment That Promotes Responsible Conduct. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Focuses on research integrity in the biomedical sciences. Note in particular Chapter 5: "Promoting Integrity in Research through Education" which contains advice on how to teach RCR and how it should be integrated with the teaching of basic research skills

Fischer, B.A. and Zigmond, M.J. (2001) "Promoting Responsible Conduct in Research Through "Survival Skills" Workshops: Some Mentoring is Best Done in a Crowd." Science and Engineering Ethics 7(4): 563-87. Addresses the efficacy of "survival skill"-types of programs for teaching graduate student

Korenman, S.G. and  Shipp, A., eds. (1994) Teaching the Responsible Conduct of Research Through a Case Study Approach: A Handbook for Instructors. Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges. Guidance and useful case studies for teaching RCR

 

 

Contact Information:

Questions and comments on the overall RCR Plan or the CITI online training may be directed to: Richard Hichwa, Senior Associate Vice President for Research, 319-335-2106

Questions on the formal course requirements may be directed to: Shelly Campo, Administrative Fellow, Course Director, Principles of Scholarly Integrity, 319-335-2136