Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research (RCR). 

In addition, NIH requires that training get repeated at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than once every four years. 

NSF and other funding agencies also require RCR training for the researchers working on their funded projects. 

PIs are responsible to ensure compliance of all researchers working on their projects. Instruction may (as approved by the sponsor) take place in a year when the recipient is not actually supported by an NIH grant. Instruction must be documented.

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