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Responsible Conduct of Research Training

The RCR Training Program consists of seminars and resources that are designed to enhance teaching and learning opportunities of research practices for university faculty, staff and students.


RCR Program goals is to create an environment that is
conducive to promoting research integrity by

  • providing graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with the “survival skills” needed to aid in their successful matriculation during graduate school and/or their research training
  • enhance appreciation for ethical standards and professional development
  • develop core competencies in responsible conduct of research
  • increase understanding of ethical theories, guidelines, and regulations regarding the practice of research

NSF, NIH and the contractual obligation of researchers:
Principal Investigators granted research funds from an agency requiring RCR training are required to have completed the training within 180 days of notification of this requirement.

Graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and other research personnel who are supported or whose research activities are supported by funding agencies requiring RCR training are required to complete the training.

Colleges, departments, and individual faculty members may adopt training requirements that is not contingent on the funding source.

Formal Training:

The principal means of formal training is a set of interactive sessions focusing on particular topic of RCR. The Office of Research Integrity is the central resource for the nine topic areas identified as important to research activities. Through outside of class short case study readings, video vignettes, speaker presentations, and small group discussions, the nine core area’s are addressed.

1. Research Misconduct
2. Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership & Collaboration
3. Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities
4. Human Subjects & Animal Welfare
5. Conflict of Interest and Commitment
6. Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship & Peer Review

RCR Training Schedule
Formal training delivered at the department level involving RCR issues (e.g. research methods classes, graduate student orientations), if sufficient in length and depth as judged by the compliance office, may be substituted for some RCR formal sessions.

Some core area pairs are combined into one session since the topics are closely related. Human Subjects Research and Animal Welfare are addressed in the same session in an abbreviated format to relate the conditions under which the regulations are applicable and to describe the requirements for specialized training for these types of research.


For relatively short-term undergraduate participation in research at Miami, (e.g. Undergraduate Summer Scholars, Research Experience for Undergraduates, Action Research in Master of Arts in Teaching courses), faculty advisors and PI's can prescribe the reduced session attendance based on the activities that the supported students will be involved in. For example, an undergraduate student assisting with data collection perhaps should only need to attend the research misconduct and data acquisition sessions but may not need to attend the publication practices session if they will not be directly involved with draftinga manuscript for publication.


Conveying concepts of sound and ethical conduct of research to new researchers has always been the province of faculty. Periodically, after initial completion, of the requirements, faculty are required to attend two one hour sessions in a formal series to share their experiences and contribute to the mentorship of Miami scholars ( 4 year intervals).
Informal Training:

Faculty and lab supervisors are encouraged to engage in an open relationship with their students, post-doctoral scholars and technicians regarding RCR issues. During training, the importance of maintaining open lines of communication among research associates is emphasized. Researchers are provided with the means and knowledge of how to facilitate resolution of communication and other problems that might affect research integrity through their departments and the compliance office.

Optional Extended Training:
If you are collaborating with an institution that requires completion of CITI online training in RCR, you will find instructions by clicking the link below. Note: the CITI for RCR is not the same set of modules as the CITI training for human subjects researchers- Nor does the CITI for human subjects research qualify as a substitute for the RCR training requirements at Miami.
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Link to CITI Online training



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