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Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)

The University of West Florida is 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 stands for Responsible Conduct of Research. The responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical for excellence, as well as maintaining the public trust in research, both for individual students, professors, and staff and for UWF as an institution. Education in RCR is essential in the preparation of future researchers and scholars.

RCR Training Requirements

As part of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act, the National Science Foundation introduced a new requirement, effective January 2010, for educating all undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) awards. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and United States Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) now also require students and other personnel involved in their awards to complete RCR training. Individuals who do not complete required RCR training cannot be paid beginning one week after their training deadline expires, and cannot be reinstated to the award until the training is complete.

The following funding agencies require RCR Training:

National Science Foundation (NSF) awards:
All trainees (undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows) who receive salaries or stipend support for conducting research under an NSF award for any amount of time must receive training in RCR (more details can be found on the NSF website). Faculty or staff working on NSF grants need not complete RCR training. This requirement does not apply to conference, symposium, workshop or travel awards.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards:
All trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training award, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, or dissertation research grant must receive RCR training (more details can be found on the NIH website). This policy applies to the following programs and other NIH-funded programs that specify an RCR training requirement: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R.

United States Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) awards:
All program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff participating in a USDA-NIFA research project must receive RCR training.

RCR Training Website

UWF has contracted with a third party, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), to provide an online training in RCR.  Login to CITI and complete the Responsible Conduct of Research Training Course.

Please contact Research Administration and Engagement at (850) 474-2824 for assistance with signing on to CITI.

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