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)
- 2011 Updates for NIH Policy
- 2005 Policy on Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (42 CFR 50; 42 CFR 93) - Requires RCR training for those funded under NIH training grants; updated in 2010
Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) and National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Policy on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought (42 CFR 50, Subpart F) (PDF) - 2011 update
- FAQs related to 2011 NIH FCOI update
RCR and National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Policy on Education in Responsible Conduct of Research - (Requires RCR training for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers working under NSF funding)
- America COMPETES Act Public Law 110-69, Title VII, Section 7009)
- NSF and RCR Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
UWF Responsible Conduct in Research Plan (in accordance with America COMPETES Act)
For UWF Faculty
Interested in incorporating RCR education in your classroom?