Responsible Conduct of Research

For North Carolina A&T State University to comply with NSF and NIH requirements, the following constitutes N.C. A&T’s policy for training in Responsible Conduct of Research:

  1. For all NSF and NIH applications for programs specified in the above described federal requirements, the principal investigator (PI) must agree to participate in N.C. A&T’s training protocols that govern the effective implementation of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).
  2. The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) shall provide a two-part training program that includes online RCR training and recurring RCR lectures. A successful completion of the on-line training requires a minimum score of no less than 80%.
  3. The PI will be required to successfully complete both parts of RCR training within 30 days of submission of a proposal to NSF or NIH.
  4. All participants on a funded research project will be required to successfully complete both parts of RCR training before beginning work on a funded project.
  5. The PI shall conduct research in a responsible and ethical manner and provide appropriate oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral researchers supported on his/her research project.
  6. If during the grant period additional faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and/or postdoctoral researchers join the funded project, the project PI MUST inform the Office of Compliance of the addition of personnel; the new personnel must then become certified for RCR through the established training procedures outlined above.

For further information, contact Donna Eaton, 285-3183.

From the National Science Foundation

From the NSF Responsible Conduct of Research website

"The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers."

Statutory Requirement

  • From Section 7009, the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act: "The Director shall require that each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project."

From the National Institutes of Health

From "Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research," Office of Research Integrity

"In general terms, responsible conduct in research is simply good citizenship applied to professional life. Researchers who report their work honestly, accurately, efficiently, and objectively are on the right road when it comes to responsible conduct. Anyone who is dishonest, knowingly reports inaccurate results, wastes funds, or allows personal bias to influence scientific findings is not.

"However, the specifics of good citizenship in research can be a challenge to understand and put into practice. Research is not an organized profession in the same way as law or medicine. Researchers learn best practices in a number of ways and in different settings. The norms for responsible conduct can vary from field to field. Add to this the growing body of local, state, and Federal regulations and you have a situation that can test the professional savvy of any researcher."

RCR resources