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Training in RCR

UC Irvine Online RCR Training

Training in the responsible conduct of research at UC Irvine is available through the UC Learning Center. Log in using your UCInetID, then search for RCR. When you have completed the training, documentation will be recorded within the system.

UC Irvine Graduate Level Course in RCR

Microbiology & Molecular Genetics 250 Responsible Conduct of Research is a graduate level course that covers all of the subject areas in which NIH requires training.  It also satisfied the NIH's requirement for face to face interactions.

NSF Proposal Plans for Postdoctoral Scholar and Student Mentoring in RCR

Each proposal requesting funding to support postdoctoral researchers submitted to the National Science Foundation requires a description of the mentorship, RCR training and oversight activities planned for such individuals.  Examples of mentoring activities include, but are not limited to: career counseling; training in preparation of grant proposals, publications and presentations; guidance on ways to improve teaching and mentoring skills; guidance on how to effectively collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary areas; and training in responsible professional practices. The proposed mentoring activities will be evaluated as part of the merit review process under the Foundation's Broader Impacts merit review criterion. Proposals that do not include a separate section on mentoring activities within the Project Description will be returned without review.  A customizable RCR mentoring plan, suitable for the NSF-required proposal section, is available here.

National Institutes of Health’s Bioethics Resources

This site provides links for those interested in bioethics education, research involving human participants and animals, medical and health care ethics, and the implications of applied genetics and biotechnology.

Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty

Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty is an instruction manual for investigators preparing to establish their own laboratories. It is a comprehensive document with 13 chapters including how to secure a faculty position, staffing and operating a laboratory, mentoring, time and project management, funding opportunities, publications and intellectual property. The Guide was developed by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Burroughs Wellcome Fund for an intensive training course. UCI has been given approval to provide this to our faculty and postdocs for non-commercial use.

DHHS Office of Research Integrity RCR Resources

The federal Office of Research Integrity (ORI) website contains numerous educational resources and products. Visit this site periodically as more universities contribute to the inventory.

RCR Courses and Additional Resources for RCR Training

A selected list of resources for training in research ethics or the responsible conduct of research (RCR) was developed for UC Irvine and is available for individuals, courses, and workshop discussions: Options for RCR Training.

Fast Facts

Course MMG 250 satisfies the NIH's RCR training requirement, including face-to-face interactions.

Ideally, RCR training should include discussions of discipline-specific professional norms.

UCI's online RCR course, available at the UC Learning Center, will satisfy the NSF requirement for graduate students and postdocs.

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