Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research

The University of Iowa is obligated to ensure that faculty, staff, and students conducting research are trained in the responsible conduct of research (RCR). Federal and private funding agencies are requiring increased compliance and oversight to ensure that researchers are meeting mandated RCR training. As a premier academic research institution training the country’s future generations of researchers, it is imperative that we instill basic principles of scholarly integrity and ethical approaches to meet the needs of the University’s research mission.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Graduate College ensure that institutional compliance guidelines are met. All graduate students and postdoctoral researchers engaged in research activities funded by NIH/NSF grants MUST enroll in an approved Responsible Conduct of Research course and complete the Collaborative Instructional Training Initiative (CITI) web based training. CITI training should be completed in the first semester of graduate or postdoctoral work. The approved RCR course should be completed in the second year of graduate or postdoctoral work. It is anticipated that additional college or discipline specific courses will be available beginning in the Fall of 2016. Irrespective of this mandate, a department, program, and/or principal investigator may also require that their students and postdoctoral researchers complete this training.

It is recommended that all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers consider this training, irrespective of their source of funding. The concepts and principles discussed are highly relevant to academic scholars in all discipline areas.

For additional information on the University’s programs in the Responsible Conduct of Research, visit the following URL on the OVPR web site:

Additional resources can also be found in Chapter 6 of the UI Researcher Handbook, an electronic guide for UI researchers:

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