The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) as “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.”
Implementing and exercising RCR practices and procedures is crucial to maintaining standards of objectivity and achieving unbiased research results, which in turn safeguards the public’s trust in the research community’s efforts. The National Science Foundation (NSF) stresses that education in the responsible conduct of research is essential to the preparation of future scientists and engineers.
NSF and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) require certain individuals conducting research at NC State to complete RCR training as a condition of funding or participating in one of their projects. The university has an institutional obligation to ensure that those affected by these regulations complete RCR training in a timely manner. If you are required to complete RCR training under these regulations, the system will automatically send you an email notification with details and instructions about how to enroll in and complete the training. If you would like to learn more about signing up for RCR training on a voluntary basis, or if you have other questions regarding RCR and/or RCR training, please visit the RCR FAQs page.