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RCR Basic

This course covers the core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research.

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About this Course


The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) require certain categories of researchers to receive RCR training. RCR is increasingly viewed as an essential component of training, regardless of a researcher’s source of funding.

This course provides an in-depth review of the core RCR topics including authorship, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, human subjects, and research misconduct. Case studies and video examples are used to supplement key concepts. 

Language Availability: English, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese

Suggested Audiences: Faculty, Postdoctoral Researchers, Principal Investigators, Staff, Students


CE Credits and Units


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Physicians

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

4 Credits
(8 CE certified modules)
$70

1 March 2015
28 February 2018

Psychologists

CE Credit/Hour

4 Credits
(8 CE certified modules)
$70

1 March 2015
28 February 2018

Nurses

Contact Hour

4 credits
(8 CE certified modules)
$60

3 July 2017
30 June 2019

Other Participants

Certificate of Participation

4 Credits
(8 CE certified modules)
$60

1 March 2015
28 February 2018


Course Content


Toggle Content Introduction to RCR (RCR-Basic)

Introduces concepts and principles relating to what has come to be known as the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), and provides an overview of the subject matter covered in this course.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 17009 (English), 17046 (Spanish), 17045 (Portuguese)
Author(s): Jason Borenstein, PhD
 - CITI Program; Reid Cushman, PhD
 - CITI Program

Toggle Content Authorship (RCR-Basic) CME/CEU Badge

Provides an overview of the ethical responsibilities of authors. It also discusses the criteria used to determine authorship, the range of acceptable authorship practices, circumstances where acknowledgement is appropriate, and challenging and problematic authorship practices.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16597 (English), 16839 (Spanish), 16813 (Portuguese), 14563 (Russian), 16533 (Vietnamese)
Author(s): Stephanie J. Bird, PhD
 - Science and Engineering Ethics

Toggle Content Collaborative Research (RCR-Basic) CME/CEU Badge

Discusses the ethical issues relating to collaborative research partnerships. It also includes a discussion of issues related to collaborating with researchers from other disciplines and with industry.

Note: It is recommended that this module be Required or Elective depending on the learner group.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16598 (English), 16840 (Spanish)
, 16814 (Portuguese)
, 16534 (Vietnamese)
Author(s): Elizabeth Heitman, PhD
 - Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Sergio Litewka, MD, MPH - CITI Program

Toggle Content Conflicts of Interest (RCR-Basic) CME/CEU Badge

Describes the different types of conflicts of interest, conflicts of commitment, reasons why conflicts of interest and commitment can be problematic, and strategies that may mitigate or eliminate the impact of conflicts of interest.

Please note this does not replace the Conflicts of Interest (COI) course that covers the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) regulations on financial conflicts of interest.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16599 (English), 16841 (Spanish), 16815 (Portuguese), 16535 (Vietnamese)
Author(s): Benjamin A. Bell
 - University of Southern California

Toggle Content Data Management (RCR-Basic) CME/CEU Badge

Discusses the ethical issues associated with data, including data collection, management, sharing, ownership, and protection.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16600 (English)
, 16842 (Spanish), 16816 (Portuguese), 14542 (Russian), 16531 (Vietnamese)
Author(s): Reid Cushman, PhD
 - CITI Program

Toggle Content Financial Responsibility (RCR-Basic) CME/CEU Badge

Provides an overview of the financial responsibilities associated with sponsored programs administration. It is specifically designed for research administrators.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16601 (English)
, 16843 (Spanish)
, 16817 (Portuguese)
Author(s): Sandra M. Nordahl, CRA - Nordahl Worldwide Consultin

Toggle Content Mentoring (RCR-Basic) CME/CEU Badge

Discusses the ethical responsibilities of mentors and trainees. Specifically covered are the roles of an advisor, supervisor, and mentor, as well as strategies for managing conflicts between mentors and trainees.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16602 (English), 16844 (Spanish), 16818 (Portuguese)
, 14537 (Russian)
, 16530 (Vietnamese)
Author(s): Daniel Vasgird, PhD
 - West Virginia University; Trisha Phillips, PhD - West Virginia University

Toggle Content Peer Review (RCR-Basic) CME/CEU Badge

Focuses on the ethical responsibilities of authors, editors, and reviewers of manuscripts, as well as a discussion of the grant proposal review process.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16603 (English), 16845 (Spanish), 16819 (Portuguese), 16532 (Vietnamese)
Author(s): Adil E. Shamoo, PhD - 
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Toggle Content Plagiarism (RCR-Basic) CME/CEU Badge

Discusses plagiarism, a major violation of academic integrity standards and research misconduct. It presents learners with a detailed discussion of what constitutes plagiarism, the parameters of plagiarism, the basic principles of scholarship, the distinction between summarizing and paraphrasing, and proper citation usage.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 15156 (English), 16537 (Vietnamese)
Author(s): Miguel Roig, PhD
 - St. John's University

Toggle Content Research Involving Human Subjects (RCR-Basic) CME/CEU Badge

Provides an introduction to ethical and regulatory issues relating to the participation of human beings in research. It includes a description of the informed consent process and the Common Rule—a set of regulations adopted by a number of U.S. federal agencies.

Please note this is not intended to replace the Human Subjects Research (HSR) courses or other HSR training required by federal agencies or Institutional Review Boards (IRBs).

Note: It is recommended that this module be Required or Elective depending on the learner group.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13566 (English), 14263 (Russian)
Author(s): Jason Borenstein, PhD - CITI Program

Toggle Content Research Misconduct (RCR-Basic) CME/CEU Badge

Describes the three practices (fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism) that constitute research misconduct and the steps that can be taken to handle allegations of research misconduct.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16604 (English), 16846 (Spanish), 16820 (Portuguese)
Author(s): Helene Lake-Bullock, PhD, JD
 - University of Kentucky; Marianne M. Elliott, MS, CIP
 - Applied Research Ethics, LLC

Toggle Content Using Animal Subjects in Research (RCR-Basic) CME/CEU Badge

Provides an introduction to ethical and regulatory issues relating to the use of animal subjects in research. It includes a description of federal regulations governing how research with animal subjects should be conducted.

Please note this not intended to replace the Animal Care and Use (ACU) courses or other ACU training required by federal agencies or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs).

Note: It is recommended that this module be Required or Elective depending on the learner group.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 13301 (English)
, 14188 (Russian), 16536 (Vietnamese)
Author(s): Paul Braunschweiger, PhD
 - CITI Program


Additional Modules of Interest


Toggle Content Export Controls and National Security (RCR)

Discusses U.S. export control regulations, and includes a brief discussion of issues researchers should be aware of relating to national security. It is written for a general audience and is not designed to provide legal advice or legal guidance.

Please note this is not intended to replace the Export Compliance (EC) course.

Recommended Use: Supplemental
ID (Language): 14770 (English)
Author(s): Mary M. Beran, MA, CPIA
 - Georgia Institute of Technology; Daniel A. Vallero, PhD - Duke University

Toggle Content Research, Ethics, and Society (RCR)

Introduces social responsibilities of researchers. The discussion includes the meaning of social responsibility, why researchers have social responsibilities, and how researchers can act on their social responsibilities.

Recommended Use: Supplemental
ID (Language): 15198 (English)
Author(s): Karin Ellison, PhD
 - Arizona State University; Karen Wellner, PhD
 - Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Toggle Content Environmental and Social Dimensions of Engineering Research (RCR)

Provides an overview of the responsibilities that engineering researchers have when it comes to environmental and social considerations. It includes a discussion of moral development, risk, and sustainability.

Recommended Use: Supplemental
ID (Language): 12835 (English)
Author(s): Daniel Vallero, PhD - Duke University