All undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research should take the RCR training prior to working on the NSF funded project.
Why take the RCR?
As outlined in the Federal Register, effective January 4, 2010, NSF will require the Authorized Organizational Representative to certify the institution has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research.
Who is required to take the RCR?
Undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research are required to take the RCR training.
When should you take the RCR?
While this certification is required at the time of proposal submission, the specific plans do not need to be submitted at that time. Still, plans must be in place as they are subject to review upon request by NSF. In order to meet the NSF regulations, all undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers involved in NSF funded projects or using resources funded by NSF projects must successfully complete the CITI RCR course prior to working on the NSF funded project.
RCR for All Academic Research
George Mason University supports the principle that all individuals involved in research, regardless of funding source, must become familiar with the professional and ethical standards expected in an academic research setting.
Thus, all Mason undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers involved in research are encouraged to take advantage of training opportunities to further knowledge in the area of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).
Areas of RCR
Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, Lab Animals, and Human Subjects.
Taking the RCR Training
Mason offers an online RCR training program, provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) at University of Miami, to address these areas.
- Details on how to access the training site Updated June 27, 2014
- Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training
Questions regarding the RCR training requirement should be sent to Mike Laskofski.