Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course

The RCR course is designed to satisfy the National Institutes of Health Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research. It may also be incorporated into plans to satisfy National Science Foundation RCR training requirements.

  • Topics

This course consists of a series of 1-hour face-to-face seminars on diverse topics pertaining to RCR. Topics will include:

  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Human Subjects Protections
  • Animal Welfare
  • Research Misconduct
  • Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Collaborative Research
  • Responsible Authorship and Publication
  • The Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society
  • Contemporary Ethical Issues in Biomedical Research
  • Environmental and Societal Impacts of Scientific Research
  • Data Management, Ownership, and Sharing
  • Eligibility & Requirements

This course is sponsored by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) at Washington University in St. Louis. The course is offered at no charge to trainees and scholars who are members of the Washington University Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) and are enrolled in the 8-hour course. (Individuals needing fewer than 8 hours of RCR instruction are encouraged to contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research to find a suitable RCR program that can meet their training needs.) Students, faculty, and scholars at Washington University may join the ICTS online: Join the ICTS here.

Scholars must attend and complete evaluations for a minimum of 1 Foundations session (2 hours), and 6 additional 1-hour sessions to complete the course for a total of 8 hours of face-to-face instruction. Each session on a particular topic will only count once towards completion of the course, so scholars should ensure that they attend 6 different sessions in addition to the foundations session. Scholars are welcome and encouraged to attend additional sessions beyond the required 8-hours.

Late Arrival and Early Departure Policy: Course participants must plan to arrive prior to the start time of each session to sign in to document their attendance. Participants will not be permitted to join a session late. Leaving prior to the conclusion of a session will result in loss of credit for the session.

  • Course Registration

For questions regarding the syllabus or sessions, please contact the Program Manager at ccre@wustl.edu or 314 747 4220.