Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)

The University of West Florida dedicated to the highest principles and standards of integrity in all activities. For research and scholarly activities, this dedication requires UWF to promote and maintain Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR).


What is Responsible Conduct in Research?

RCR is the defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as "as the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research."

Conducting scientific investigations with integrity constitutes best practice in research, and RCR must be followed in order to maintain legal and ethical compliance. Furthermore, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have introduced Federal Regulations regarding requirements for RCR training and consequences for RCR misconduct.


RCR and National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) and National Institutes of Health (NIH)

RCR and National Science Foundation (NSF)

UWF Responsible Conduct in Research Plan (in accordance with America COMPETES Act)

General RCR Resources


For UWF Faculty

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