Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship

 

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Overview of RCRS

Stony Brook University (SBU) is committed to fostering and maintaining a culture of integrity across our diverse community.

Ensuring compliance with appropriate formal training requirements for the responsible conduct of research and scholarship is part of this commitment. 

What is Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS)?

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. NOT-OD-10-019

Who Needs to Complete RCRS Training?

National Institutes of Health Policy

NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research.

* Applicable programs: 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 programs, and any other NIH funded programs supporting research training, career development, or research education that require instruction in RCRS per the relevant funding opportunity announcement.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Policy

NSF requires that all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in a research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible conduct of research.

SBU Policy: P211: Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship

SBU requires that each school/college (academic unit) develop a RCRS training policy for faculty, research staff, post-docs, research visitors, and students involved in research and scholarship (the creation of new knowledge or the creation of novel expressions of knowledge in any form) that:

     (1) complies with NIH and NSF policies; and

     (2) requires appropriate training for those NOT specifically identified as requiring training under the NIH policies.

The policies of the individual academic units have been designated Complementary Policies.

What is RCRS Training?

RCRS training consists of On-line Training (CITI) and In-Person Training (IPT) components

OnlineTraining (CITI) Component 

A one time completion of the relevant RCRS module available through the web-based Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

  • Faculty, Post-doctoral Fellows, Research Staff, Graduate Students as required by their academic unit's Complementary Policy.
  • Undergraduate Students as required by the Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education.
  • Visiting college-level students and visiting scholars who are collaborating on research activities with Stony Brook University faculty, as required by the hosting faculty member's academic unit's Complementary Policy. For those visitors from another institution, this SBU RCRS training requirement may be waived pending proof of completion of RCRS training at the home institution.
  • High School Students as required by the applicable High School Program.

In-Person Training (IPT) Component

IPT should promote discussion, foster a climate of ethical conduct of research and scholarly activities, and provide efficient opportunities for training.  Applicable topics and resources can be found here

IPT Training should be completed as follows:

- As directed by NIH Policy (per NIH Policy, trainees must complete 8 hours of IPT every 4 years, or 2 years annually - 4 year clock starts on the date of the award)

- As directed by NSF Policy (per NSF Policy, the principal investigator must submit an outline of acceptable RCR training in their proposal)

- For all others:

  • Faculty, Post-doctoral Fellows, Research Staff, Graduate Students as required by their academic unit's Complementary Policy.
  • Undergraduate Students as required by the Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education.
  • Visiting college-level students and visiting scholars who are collaborating on research activities with Stony Brook University faculty, as required by the hosting faculty member's academic unit's Complementary Policy. For those visitors from another institution, this SBU RCRS training requirement may be waived pending proof of completion of RCRS training at the home institution.
  • High School Students as required by the applicable High School Program.
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