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Responsible Conduct of Research Training for Postdocs

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

All postdoctoral fellows who engage in research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are required to complete RCR training. NIH requires a minimum of 8 hours of RCR training to be completed every 4 years. RCR requirements can be fulfilled through a combination of online training, didactic sessions, and panel discussions to meet federal guidelines. To learn more, visit Responsible Conduct of Research Program page from the Office of Policy Coordination.

Topics covered by the RCR program include: Research Misconduct, Data Acquisition and Management, Human Subjects Protections, Animal Welfare, Mentoring, Authorship, Conflicts of Interest, Collaborative Research, Peer Review, and Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society. 

The three components of the RCR training program are:

  1. The Responsible Conduct of Research (CITI) Online Course. You can access this course through the myLearning JHU portal. This course has 7 sections, and completion of all sections is required.
  2. The Research Integrity Colloquia. A series of JHU SOM faculty discussions about perspectives on their approach to and conduction of research with integrity. This series covers a broad spectrum of RCR topics and are held throughout the academic year. Note: Seven  REWards workshops can be substituted for research integrity colloquia.  For equivalency questions, see the Office of Policy Coordination FAQ.
  3. Annual Department/Division Meetings. One department or division meeting per year should be dedicated to a discussion of RCR topics. Visit the Division of Research Integrity's intranet site for information on fulfilling this requirement. You can also earn RCR credit by attending the following JH Data Services workshops: 'Best Practices for Data Management and Sharing' and/or 'Introduction to Reproducible Research'. See below for fall schedule.

Read about requirements for each training component on the RCR Program website.

Upcoming RCR Training Offerings

Requirements for Grant Submissions

If you are thinking about applying for a grant, you can find information on RCR requirements here for NIH Training Grants (including F and K). Find additional information about K awards here (under "Additional Review Considerations").

NIH has extended flexibility for in-person RCR training due to COVID through December 31, 2021. More details here.

Read about the Rigor and Reproducibility training resources from the NIH here.


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