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
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.
Next RCR Training:
Two Day Training scheduled for March 20, 2019 and March 28, 2019
You must attend BOTH DAYS to fulfill required hours for the certificate
Course is available for all UNC-CH Postdoctoral Scholars* Graduate students should inquire with the UNC Graduate School for appropriate RCR training options.
The following topics are covered during instruction over a 2 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