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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program

Recent changes in NIH and NSF guidelines require institutions receiving federal funds to provide ongoing training and education in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) to researchers supported by certain NIH and NSF grant programs.  The requirements apply specifically to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R.  They also apply to researchers supported by any other NIH or NSF funded programs that involve research training, career development, or research education that require instruction in responsible conduct of research. 

An RCR Program, administered by the Division of Research Integrity in the Office of Policy Coordination, will ensure compliance with NIH and NSF guidelines.  All SOM faculty and post-doctoral fellows involved in research (excluding house staff) are required to complete training in RCR.  Completion of RCR training is valid for four years.  The areas to be covered include:

  • Data Acquisition and Management
  • Responsible Authorship
  • Responsible Peer Review
  • Research Misconduct
  • Mentoring
  • Collaborative research
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • The scientist as a responsible member of society

Required RCR Components

The RCR Program is made up of three components: 1) an online RCR course offered by CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative), available through myLearning in the Johns Hopkins portal; 2) the Dean’s Research Integrity Lecture series, and; 3) an annual department/division meeting on a relevant RCR topic.  Use the table below to determine your requirements:


CITI Online RCR course
(must complete all
7 modules)

Dean's RI Lecture Series
(4 topics per year,
each offered twice)

Faculty on
training grants
All other faculty
conducting research


RCR Registration

  • Online CITI course:
  • Dean’s Research Integrity Lectures:  Click on the course catalog on the left.  You’ll find the Dean’s Research Integrity Lecture series listed in Responsible Conduct of Research, under the section marked Compliance.
  • Department/division meetings will be scheduled within each department/division.  Faculty and postdoctoral fellows will be expected to attend. 

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