Responsible conduct of research (RCR) is defined 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.
National Science Foundation Responsible Conduct of Research
Effective January 4, 2010, NSF began requiring that,
at the time of proposal submission to NSF, a proposing institution’s Authorized
Organizational Representative certify that the institution has a plan to
provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical
conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral
researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research.
For more NSF resources on the RCR requirement, please visit the NSF website.
Governors State University Policy
In order to address the NSF requirement, all
undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty researchers involved in the
conduct of research of NSF-funded grants are required to complete RCR training
prior to beginning work on the NSF-funded grant. Individuals must register for
and complete the RCR online training provided through the CITI Program. The
training is optional for students conducting research on other research-related
projects. The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research will verify that
any researchers included on NSF projects have completed the training.
CITI Program training
available to all Governors State University faculty, staff, and students. When
you register for the program, be sure to affiliate with GSU. Once an account is
created, choose “RCR Basic Course” for Question 4. Leave the remaining
questions blank and click the Submit button.