Ethics & Compliance: Responsible Conduct of Research

About Texas A&M AgriLife is committed to conducting research responsibly and ethically. Topics related to Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) include: Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, Animals Research, and Human Subjects Research.

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Why do I need to take RCR Training?

If you are working on a project funded by one of the below federal agencies, the conditions of the award require you to take RCR Training.

National Science Foundation (NSF) requires that all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who receive NSF funds to conduct research on NSF grants complete RCR training. United States Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA – NIFA) requires students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff involved in their awards to complete RCR training. National Institutes of Health (NIH) require that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training award, career development award, research education grant, or dissertation research grant receive instruction in responsible conduct of research.


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How will training be delivered?

RCR training will be accomplished by using the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). There are multiple CITI course options for RCR training, customized for different fields of research. RCR training module options include:

  • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers
  • Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Responsible Conduct of Research for Administrators
  • Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research


AgriLife PhotosFor more information, please contact AgriLife Ethics and Compliance at 979-314-3442

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