Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Ongoing training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is mandated by all federal granting programs including NIH and NSF. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs offers a course twice a year (spring and fall) that will satisfy the RCR training requirements for the NIH and NSF research grant applications.
Fall Session: October
Spring Session: March
Next Session: Registration is OPEN for Spring RCR Training 3/31, 4/6, 4/7
Three Day Virtual Training- March 31, 2021, April 6, 2021 & April 7, 2021
*Postdocs must complete all three days to received certificate of completion.
Dates/Times of RCR Training for Postdocs:
DAY 1: March 31 (1:00pm-4:30pm)
DAY 2: April 6 (9:00am-12:00pm)
DAY 3: April 7 (9:00am-12:30pm)
Course is available for all UNC-CH Postdoctoral Scholars. Graduate students should inquire with the UNC Graduate School for appropriate RCR training options.
Objectives and Goals
The primary objective for the UNC Postdoctoral Scholar Two Day Course is to address RCR topics such as Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship, Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities, Research Misconduct, and Communication and Difficult Conversations.
The program’s goals are to:
- Provide a basic training in research ethics which will focus on ethical decision making and encourage postdoctoral scholars to think about the impact of their research and decisions on society.
- Introduce interdisciplinary views into the ethics training
- Create a community that promotes the importance of ethical issues and fosters open discussions among postdoctoral scholars as well as faculty, students and staff.
The following topics are covered during instruction over a 3 day period, totaling at least 8 hours or more of contact:
- Conflict of interest
- Policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices
- Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
- Collaborative research
- Data management, sharing and ownership
- Research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct responsible authorship and publication
- Researcher as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues
If you are interested in learning more, contact OPA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Information and Resources
Relevant Links and Articles:
NAE workshop -Ethics Educations and Scientific and Engineering Research: What’s Been Learned? What Should Be Done?
NPA Postdocket (Winter 2011) — Train-the-Trainer: A Different Approach to Responsible Conduct of Research, by Stephen Fuchs and Sibby Anderson-Thompkins
The National Academy Press Being a Scientist, A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition (2009) available online as a free .pdf
The Office of Research Integrity Guide to Ethical Writing