This page describes training components required to meet standards set by NIH and NSF for certain training grants. ISU's Responsible Conduct of Research program encourages the broad use of this training in all disciplines and regardless of funding status.
Training in RCR requires a multi-faceted approach, including in person and online training. Training should incorporate, at a minimum, the following topics:
Online training is completed the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program.
For specific compliance with NSF and NIH requirements, as part of a developing RCR plan, all undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF and all trainees, fellows, participants and scholars receiving support through NIH must complete either the CITI Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course or the CITI Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research Course. Question 5 on the course selection page pertains to RCR
Current available courses:
If you have any questions as to whether you have enrolled in the appropriate course, please contact Research Ethics & Compliance prior to beginning the course.
The CITI course must be completed within the first year of the individual’s participation on the grant. For persons participating for a period of less than one year, the CITI training must be completed prior to the end of their participation. If a completion report is not received by the end of the first year of an individual’s participation on the grant, REC will notify the PI and RSP that said individual’s participation must be suspended until the CITI training course has been completed.
Learn about verification of CITI training after completing.
For projects funded by NIH, PIs are responsible for encouraging the promotion of and adherence to ethical research practices through weekly face-to-face discussions covering topics required by NIH:
NIH requires at least 8 hours of face-to-face RCR training. Training should be completed at least once during each career stage: undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, predoctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty levels. Senior fellows and career award recipients (including F33, K02, K05, and K24 awardees) may fulfill the requirement for instruction in responsible conduct of research by participating as lecturers and discussion leaders.
PIs are responsible for documenting all RCR training. A list of of all persons supported by their grant that must undergo training should be provided to REC, including the expected duration of their participation. All additions must be provided to REC staff within one week of the start of their participation on the grant. REC will work with PIs to document training as appropriate for the funding agency.
NSF has provided funding to the Online Ethics Center for S&E an online collaborative resource environment that provides resources that may be used by the IHE in developing their training plan. This site contains RCR resources by discipline, provides links to published codes of ethics, as well as includes pages dedicated to resources produced or used by specific professional groups.
NIH Office of Research Integrity Tools and Resources: