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Responsible Conduct of Research

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Responsible Conduct of Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires that all student researchers funded by NSF must take training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  This requirement applies to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who are supported by NSF to conduct research.  The relevant regulations can be found at


In order to satisfy this training requirement, which took effect in January 2010, we remind you to have your student researchers take the required training when they begin their NSF-funded research.  For this purpose, Oakland University provides on-line RCR training from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  Instructions for signing on to the required RCR modules are as follows:


  • After accessing CITI training, either register as a new user or log in as usual, then click on “Submit”
  • Click on “Add a course or update your learner groups.”
  • Scroll down to Question 4 and select “RCR for NSF & NIH Researchers.”


Similar training is required for personnel funded on NIH grants that have a training component.  For these grants, face-to-face educational sessions are required in addition to the on-line RCR modules.  These NIH requirements were updated in November 2009 and can be found at


Please contact the Grants, Contracts and Sponsored Research office if you have questions.