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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Fellows' Career Development

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Fellows' Career Development

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NIH requires a minimum of 8 hours RCR training over the course of your fellowship. Six hours must be completed within the first year. It is the Fellow’s responsibility to notify the Office of Fellows’ Career Development (OFCD) upon completion of the Reproducibility Training, Introduction to “My Laboratory”, and the elective training requirement. You will be prompted to enter in the dates of your training on your 1-year IDP renewal document.

Required Training Credit Hours When To Take Training
Responsible Conduct of Research: Online training module within 3 weeks of arrival 1 hour Once, within 3 weeks of arriving
Reproducibility Training: Online video vignettes using discussion guides in your home laboratory or lab group 1 hour Once
Introduction to "My Laboratory": Training by Mentor in lab group meeting. Lab head spends one group meeting going over expectations for behavior, record keeping, etc. 1 hour Once, soon after arrival
Annual Review of Ethics (Case Studies): Institute facilitated review of cases identified for that year, to be arranged by David Resnick, J.D., Ph.D. 1 hour Annually, usually offered in Sept. & Oct.

Discussion of Ethical Research Practices: Institute offered in-person discussions (usually within the first year), to be arranged by NIEHS Bioethicist, David Resnick, J.D., Ph.D.


Research Mentor Training: Offered annually (in May & June) by the Office of Fellows' Career Development. [PLEASE NOTE: attending the 4-day training (2 hours for each course) can be a substitute for the 3-hour course offered by Dr. Resnick. To substitute, you must attend 'Class 2 - Ethics, Diversity, & Assessing Understanding' plus at least one additional Research Mentor Training class.]

3 hours

Once, within the first year of arrival

The Discussion course is offered in the spring and fall; the RMT course has 4 classes that run from May - June

Fulfillment of Remaining Training Hours: Elective training choices: online videos or courses offered by the NIH library; specific courses tailored for clinical trainees; Research Mentor Training 1 hour (minimum) Once
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