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Responsible Conduct of Research

Effective January 4, 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) implemented the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirement under its America Competes Act of August 9, 2007.  The requirement is that every institution receiving NSF or National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds have a plan in place to provide training to every undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral student supported by those funds.

Required training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (Online + Workshop)


Rutgers has contracted with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide online educational modules. CITI's online course in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) fulfills the training requirement for students and postdoctoral researchers funded by NSF or NIH grants. Completion of four modules is required to complete the program (Research misconduct, Data acquisition and management, Responsible authorship, Conflict of interest).

To enroll in the RCR course, please visit (When a Username is requested during CITI registration, the RUTGERS NET-ID or the full Rutgers email addresses should be used to ensure that the completion is recorded).         


NSF or NIH funded students and postdoctoral researchers are required to take a workshop that will provide an opportunity for discussion of case studies and decision-making skills. The workshop topics include: Research Misconduct; Management of Data and Responsible Authorship; Mentoring and Peer Review; and Collaboration and Conflict of Interest.  The workshop is offered as a three-day series of presentations and discussions just prior to the beginning of the Fall semester each year.

Rutgers is required to provide documentation to the NSF and NIH as to which students participated in the training. 

Questions should be directed to either Jacqueline Cornelius at or Dr. Kyle Farmbry at

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