Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training fulfills regulatory requirements of the Public Health Service and of the National Science Foundation (NSF). 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. One of the primary components of the guidance requires awardees to implement an institution-wide plan for delivering RCR instruction. USU must also be able to verify that all appropriate individuals have received the training.

Read a message from Vice President McLellan about the RCR training requirement.

The Research Integrity course has been adopted by USU as its response to the RCR training requirements outlined in the PAPP Guide. Research Integrity is available to students as USU 6900, offered every semester.

Review a complete description of Research Integrity – USU 6900.

All doctoral students should include this course in their Program of Study. For more information concerning this program, contact Jodi Roberts, Federal Compliance Manager, at or (435) 797-4208.

The Research Integrity course includes a requirement for completion of the basic Responsible Conduct of Research curriculum from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). There are additional modules available for those interested in extending their knowledge about compliance and ethics.

Additional Compliance Trainings at USU

Training is available from a broad array of administrative departments throughout the university. Here are some links to available training sites: