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.

Complementary Policies

Complementary Policies

Each school/college (academic unit) has developed a RCRS training policy for faculty, research staff, post-docs, research visitors and students that are NOT otherwise required to complete training under the NIH or NSF policies.  

Any questions regarding the complementary policies should be addressed to the relevant school/college (academic unit)

 

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Business

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

School of Dental Medicine

School of Health Technology and Management

School of Journalism

School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

School of Medicine

School of Nursing

School of Professional Development

School of Social Welfare

On-line Training

On-line Training (CITI)

CITI Access: "Log in through your institution" using your NetID and password

The relevant RCRS module should be selected:

  • Biomedical
  • Social & Behavioral Research
  • Physical Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Engineers

Courses within each discipline cover areas such Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, Lab Animals, and Human Subjects.

 

In-Person Training

In-Person Training should promote discussion, foster a climate of ethical conduct of research and scholarly activities, and provide efficient opportunities for training.

A successful program includes, as appropriate to the discipline, the following topics:

  1. conflict of interest - personal, professional, and financial
  2. mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
  3. collaborative research including collaborations with industry
  4. peer review
  5. data acquisition and research tools; management, sharing and ownership
  6. research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
  7. responsible authorship and publication
  8. the scholar as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues and the environmental and societal impacts of research in the discipline
  9. policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices

Generation of discipline-specific requirements should consider formal mechanisms for training via RCRS coursework/ lecture series/workshops, journal clubs, GRD 500 (as available); laboratory rotations; or other curriculum, as well as less formal training opportunities through faculty meetings; laboratory meetings; faculty/student retreats; departmental research days. Any activity intended to satisfy the RCR training requirement must be supported by appropriate documentation (attendance, topics covered, etc.).

Available In-Person Training Resources

Available GRD 500 Sessions (In Person Training)

Other Training Resources (In-Person Training)

Related Campus Policies and Guidance

Authorship 

University Recommendations on Authorship, Office of the Provost 

Academic Unit Points of Contact

Academic Unit  Point of Contact
College of Arts and Sciences Soraya Zabihi
  Ellen Broselow 
   
College of Business Denise Buhrau 
   
College of Engineering and Applied Sciences William Kay 
   
School of Dental Medicine Stephen Walker 
   
School of Health Technology and Management Renee Fabus
   
School of Journalism  
   
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences Jackie Collier
   
School of Medicine Lena Obeid
   
School of Nursing Patricia Bruckenthal 
   
School of Professional Development  
   
School of Social Welfare  

RCRS Training Database

Please contact the Academic Unit point of contact for details regarding record keeping for your area.

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