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Responsible Conduct of Research Program

The School of Medicine is an institution dedicated to truth in pursuit of knowledge through biomedical research, to the transmission of knowledge through teaching, and to the application of medical knowledge to patient care. A spirit of mutual respect and a broad trust that all faculty members, students, and staff share this dedication to scientific integrity are essential values of the School.

- Procedures for Dealing with Issues of Research Misconduct

Program Scope

To sustain the core values of the School and work towards preventing research misconduct and lapses in research integrity, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has established a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program.  This program is designed to educate all faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and staff engaged in research at JHU SOM on topics related to research integrity.  These topics include:

  • Research Misconduct
  • Responsible Authorship
  • Responsible Peer Review
  • Data Acquisition and Management
  • Mentoring
  • Collaborative Research
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • The Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society

Program Components

In practice, the RCR Program takes a multifaceted educational approach, combining online coursework with didactic sessions and panel discussions.  This approach ensures that, as required by federal guidelines, training in the responsible conduct of research is received in various formats and settings from a number of different sources.

The three components of the RCR Program are:

  1. The Responsible Conduct of Research (CITI) Online Course: Registration is available through the myLearning JHU portal.  The online course, developed by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), is comprised of 7 modules.  Completion of all modules is required.
  2. The Dean's Research Integrity Lecture Series: In this lecture series, JHU SOM faculty present their perspectives on approaching and conducting research with integrity.  Nine lectures covering different RCR topics are held over the course of the academic year.  Each lecture includes an interactive discussion panel and session.
  3. Annual Department/Division Meetings: One meeting per year should be dedicated to the discussion of a RCR topic.  Contact your Department/Division administrator regarding the scheduling of these meetings or the Division of Research Integrity for more information on the resources available to fulfill this requirement.

Training Requirements

All faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and staff engaged in research at JHU SOM are required to complete RCR training every 4 years

The requirements are as follows:

  1. Complete the online RCR CITI Course.
  2. Attend two Dean's Research Integrity Lectures.
  3. Attend one Department/Division Meeting where an RCR topic is discussed.

Good news! By completing the RCR Program requirements, you will also satisfy the NIH and NSF guidelines requiring ongoing training and education in the responsible conduct of research for researchers supported by the following funding mechanisms: 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. This may 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.

Please contact the Office of Policy Coordination, Division of Research Integrity with questions.