According to the NIH, responsible conduct of research 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.”

Who is required to take RCR Training?

  • All PhD students (regardless of funding)
  • All NIH, NSF, USDA-NIFA funded undergraduates, master’s students, and non-student researchers (including faculty and staff)

What type of training is required?

  • RCR CITI Training (PhD, NSF and USDA-NIFA funded, NIH funded undergraduates)
  • USU 6900 (only if NIH funded, except undergraduates)

This training fulfills regulatory requirements of the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). The America COMPETES Act requires all students and postdoctoral employees funded by the NSF to receive RCR training; this requirement is integrated into the NSF Proposal Award Policies and Procedures (PAPP) Guide.

According to USU Memorandum dated 08.08.13, “[it] is the responsibility of the grant principle investigator to ensure that new and currently enrolled students (undergraduate, graduate or postdocs) who are working on NSF, NIH and USDA funded projects, are made aware of this requirement and complete this training.”

CITI Training is an online program with various courses.

To fulfill the RCR Training requirement, you must complete the “Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Curriculum”. You must pass each module with a score of 80% or higher.

Completion of another CITI Training Module other than RCR DOES NOT fulfill the RCR training requirement.

Once RCR Training is completed via CITI Training, the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance will automatically receive an email with your certification of completion for their records.

How to Register:

  • Go to the CITI website.
  • Click “Register” in the upper right corner of the page.
  • Under “Select Your Organization Affiliation,” type Utah State University in the search box. Select Utah State University from the dropdown menu. Continue to step 2 on the CITI website.
  • Enter your personal information. A secondary email address is optional but recommended. Continue to step 3 on the CITI website.
  • Create your username and password. Select a security question and answer. Continue to step 4 on the CITI website.
  • Enter your country of residence and select it from the dropdown menu. Continue to step 5.
  • Indicate your interest in receiving Continuing Education Unit credit for completed CITI Program courses. Select an answer about participating in research surveys. These are voluntary programs but you must answer the questions to proceed. Continue to step 6 on the CITI website.
  • Provide answers to the required questions (starred). Non-starred questions are optional. The institutional email address should be your email address affiliated with USU. If you do not have an office phone, please enter a mobile or home number. Continue to step 7 on the CITI website.
  • Select “Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Curriculum” near the bottom of the list and go to the next page.
  • Click “Finalize Registration.”

Master and PhD students funded by NIH.

You do not need to take USU 6900. You DO need to complete RCR CITI Training.

NIH RCR policy requires participation in and successful completion of instruction in responsible conduct of research by individuals supported by any NIH training/research education/fellowship/career award. This instruction must include face-to-face discussions.

  • At the beginning of each semester, the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance will receive a report of all NIH-funded students.
  • Any newly funded students will be manually added to the course.
  • USU 6900 is an online course via Canvas comprised of modules which you can complete at your own pace.
  • A series of face-to-face discussions and presentations will be offered throughout the semester which you must attend in order to complete the course.
  • Once completed, you will receive a certificate of completion.