Responsible Conduct of Research
Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research at OHSUOHSU requires that all researchers take online courses in Responsible Conduct of Research, Conflict of Interest in Research, HIPAA, Respect at the University, and General and Laboratory Safety. In addition, many programs require that you take courses such as CONJ 650, as well as receive training appropriate for your role--for example, classes on working with invertebrate animals. These courses and trainings, together with those required by OHSU, should be included in your training plan and you should document that you have taken them. However, while these are necessary, they are insufficient for a robust training plan according to NIH and NSF guidelines. The following section guides you in developing a plan for RCR to include in NIH proposals.
Creating a Plan for the Responsible Conduct of ResearchAs of January 25, 2010, there are new requirements for formal training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR). The notice (NOT-OD-10-019) can be found here. The NIH defines RCR as follows:
Responsible conduct of research is defined as the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.
If you are a fellow, graduate student, or similar trainee, your proposals must detail how you will participate in regular formal and active training in responsible conduct of research. This applies to all fellowship awards (individual and institutional) as well as any other programs that support trainees.
This document here. This spreadsheet contains many of the offerings at OHSU. Specific components of training meeting the new requirements are called out in the far right column, although many of the other classes listed here would be considered part of your normal RCR training, depending on your role, and you should certainly include these trainings if appropriate.
The following is a list of courses you may find valable in creating an RCR plan. Before adding them to your plan, be sure to contact the course director to make sure it is appropriate for you and that you are eligible to enroll. If you add them to your plan, include information about how they support your RCR goals. Please note that many departments and programs offer their own courses that may be appropriate for RCR training.
- CONJ 650 - Practice and Ethics of Science
- CONJ 607 - Continuing Education in the Practice and Ethics of Science
- Human Investigations Program - HIP 516 Protection of Human Subjects & HIP 517 Scientific Writing
- School of Nursing - NURS 620 Ethics in Research
- Vollum Writing Class
- OHSU Center for Ethics
Updated October 9, 2012