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RCR Training Requirements

The following minimum responsible conduct of research (RCR) training requirements apply to all Cornell researchers. Individual faculty, advisors, disciplines, departments or programs may require additional training and education in RCR.

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Short, Foundational RCR Training for Incoming Graduate Students

Beginning September 2015, all incoming graduate students pursuing research degrees will be required to successful complete a short, "Foundational" course in RCR by the end of their second semester of enrollment into the Graduate School. The Foundational course is available online through CITI, and is comprised of the following modules:

  • Authorship
  • Peer Review
  • Plagiarism
  • Research misconduct (data falsification, data fabrication, plagiarism)

More information on this RCR requirement will be available on the Cornell Graduate School website.

NOTE: This foundational course does not meet the requirements for RCR training for students funded on NSF, NIH or USDA-NIFA awards. Students who have completed the short course and are appointed to NSF, USDA-NIFA or certain NIH awards will be required to complete the additional course modules within 60 days. However, taking the full RCR course required by those sponsors does meet the Graduate School short course requirement, as the short course covers a subset of the modules provided in the full course.

Access the online training through Cornell�s Take the Training webpage.

Cornell RCR Requirements for NSF and USDA-NIFA Awards

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who receive salaries or stipend support to conduct research on an NSF or USDA-NIFA award must successfully complete the full online CITI Course on RCR (the short, foundational course does not fulfill the requirement applicable to these persons).

NOTE: This requirement does not apply to NSF awards specifically granted to fund a conference, symposium, workshop or travel.

Online training must be completed within 60 days of first being paid on the award. Successful completion requires a cumulative score of 80% or higher on the quizzes for the modules included in the full RCR course. Individuals who do not complete the training within 60 days cannot draw salaries on the sponsored award. Departments will need to identify alternate sources of funding for such individuals.

Access the online training through Cornell�s Take the Training webpage.

Cornell RCR Requirements for NIH awards

All trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any National Institutes of Health (NIH) training award, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, or dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research (RCR). This policy applies to the following programs (as well as any 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.

The Full online CITI course on RCR must be completed within 60 days of first being paid on the award. Successful completion requires a cumulative score of 80% or higher on the quizzes for the modules included in the course.

Individuals who do not complete the online training within 60 days cannot draw salaries on the sponsored award. Departments will need to identify alternate sources of funding for such individuals.

Access the online training through Cornell�s Take the Training webpage.

Online training alone is not sufficient to meet the NIH regulatory requirements. Online training must be supplemented by individualized mentoring, classroom training, lectures, or other activities where faculty and students can interact and discuss RCR topics relevant to their area of research. Trainees should contact their Training Grant Directors for guidance. The following additional training may be required:

  • Winter Symposium on RCR, normally held in January of each year
  • BIOMG-7510: Ethical Issues and Professional Responsibilities

Topics for the Full Online Course on RCR

  • Authorship
  • Collaborative research
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Data management
  • Financial responsibility
  • Mentoring
  • Peer review
  • Plagiarism
  • Research with human participants
  • Research involving animals
  • Research misconduct (data falsification, data fabrication, plagiarism)

Contact

Vanessa McCaffery
Compliance Administrator
t. 607-254-5162

Guilaine Senecal
Assistant Director
t. 607-255-8994

Amita Verma
Director
t. 607-255-2214


Office of Research Integrity and Assurance
East Hill Office Building
395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 320
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14850

t. 607-254-5162
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