Responsible Conduct of Research

The University of Oregon offers online RCR training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI offers high quality, peer reviewed, web based, research education materials to enhance the integrity and professionalism of investigators and staff conducting research. CITI RCR online training satisfies some of NSF or NIH’s RCR requirements. CITI RCR training is also an option for any individual who is interested in the responsible conduct of research.

Ethical and responsible conduct of research is essential for excellence, as well as public trust, in science. The University of Oregon supports its research community in upholding the highest ethical and professional standards in carrying out its work, and imparting these standards to future generations of scientists and researchers through education and training.

Responsible conduct of research (RCR) can be broadly defined as “the practice of scientific investigation with integrity” (National Institutes of Health, 2009). RCR involves a commitment to personal responsibility in upholding established professional norms and ethical principles throughout the research process.

The University of Oregon RCR Training and Education Plan outlines the requirements for training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research among members of the University of Oregon (UO) community engaged in research.

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