Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

FSU Policy 7A-8, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

Certain Federal funding agencies have adopted requirements for training on the responsible conduct of research for certain individuals supported by or participating in projects funded by those agencies. The University has created Policy 7A-8, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training, which outlines FSU’s policy and procedures for ensuring compliance with these requirements. The Director of the Office of Research Compliance Programs (ORCP) is responsible for overseeing compliance with requirements for training on the responsible conduct of research.

Timing of Training 

Postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and USDA/NIFA project staff must complete their training within two months of their initial appointment or assignment to the grant.  Undergraduates must complete their training within one month of their initial appointment or assignment to the grant.

Federal Agency Information

HHS/NIH RCR Resources

  • National Institutes of Health, Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research, as published in Notice No. NOT-OD-10-019.

  • RCR Casebook: Provides case studies, role plays, and reflection questions to foster ethical problem-solving skills, promote sense-making skills, and increase a researcher’s awareness of the many dimensions in ethical decisions.

NSF RCR Resources

USDA/NIFA RCR Resources

FSU Training Options

A summary of the training options is provided below. Full descriptions may be found in FSU’s Policy 7A-8, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training.

  • Option 1: Satisfactory completion of FSU’s Graduate School RCR course, which is available only to graduate students.

  • Option 2: Satisfactory completion of the online training course offered by CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative). This option is available to anyone at FSU, including postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and USDA/NIFA project personnel.

  • Option 3: Satisfactory completion of an approved departmental course in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Each approved course will have its own eligibility requirements. At this time, the following departmental courses have been approved to satisfy Federal RCR training requirements:

    • IHS 5515 - Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research

CITI Registration Instructions

Click here for instructions on creating a CITI account. Note: USDA/NIFA project staff should follow the instructions provided for Postdoctoral scholars. 

For questions about the RCR Policy or agency regulations please contact Diana Key (dkey@fsu.edu), Director, Office of Research Compliance Programs.

For questions about RCR courses please contact Dr. Judy Devine (jdevine@admin.fsu.edu), Senior Associate Dean, The Graduate School.

Contact Us

Research Compliance
Diana Key, Director
2021 Westcott North
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1330
Ph: (850) 644-8648
Fax: (850) 645-0108
dkey@fsu.edu
research-compliance@fsu.edu