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, e.g. Genetics, Diversity
  • Environmental and Societal Impacts of Scientific Research
  • Responsible Data Management
  • 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.

Prior to attending the first face-to-face session, course participants are expected to complete the Program for the Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Science and Scholarship Core Curriculum, a 90-minute WEB-BASED course, consisting of eight (8) learning modules. Completion of the course is documented in your WUSTL Research Gateway Compliance Requirements profile and will be verified by the RCR Course Program Coordinator.

It is strongly recommended that you attend the SMART Strategies for Professional Decision Making in Research (2 hours) prior to attending any of the other sessions. The Foundations session is the only specific session that must be completed; all other sessions are “selectives.” Two SMART Strategy sessions are offered each year. Scholars must attend and complete evaluations for a minimum of 1 Foundations session 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. In order to ensure that the curricular goals approved by NIH are met within our ICTS RCR program, we only recognize events listed on our RCR course calendar toward completion of the course.

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

Become a member of the ICTS (free).

Scholars must register online at least one week prior to their first session.

Download and review the RCR Course syllabus.

Complete the online PERCSS Core Curriculum.

Visit the course calendar and register for events.

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