General Information

All persons involved in whose research activities must understand the underlying principles of responsible conduct of research that will assist in discouraging research misconduct and questionable research practices.

The University uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web-based courses to satisfy this requirement for UMBC researchers, but recommends other opportunites as well. Please review funding agency requirements found at http://www.umbc.edu/research/ORPC/rcr.html to ensure that personnel take the appropriate training. If you are not sure which course is most applicable to your area, contact the Office for Research Protections and Compliance at 410‐455‐2737 or compliance@umbc.edu.

Registering for the CITI RCR Training

Open the below documents to obtain more information on how to register with CITI to take this course; then log into CITI (www.citiprogram.org).

How to register for the CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course

Copies of Training Completion Reports

Once the training module is completed, you may print a copy of your training completion report by logging into CITI (www.citiprogram.org), using your username and password, and clicking the "Print" link under the Completion Reports column in My Courses.

Already registered on CITI and want to add or update a training module? Look here.

Taken training at another instituion and want to switch to UMBC? Click here.

DO NOT select any of the below modules to fulfill IRB requirements (human subject research). If you take the RCR course, it will not count towards the IRB's requirement for training.

Descriptions of RCR Courses Available

Course Module Name Recommended for Description
RCR for Biomedical Sciences
  • Students, faculty, postdocs, and other biomedical researchers

This course provides provides an introduction to responsible conduct of research in the biomedical sciences. The modules contain text and embedded case studies. PLEASE NOTE: This RCR modules cannot be substituted for the basic courses required for human subjects research or laboratory animal welfare.

Reading, reviewing and completing the module and quizzes will take approximately 1.5 hours.The passing score for the CITI courses is 75% .

RCR for Engineering
  • Students, faculty, postdocs, and other engineering researchers

This course provides provides an introduction to responsible conduct of research in engineering. The modules contain text and embedded case studies. PLEASE NOTE: This RCR modules cannot be substituted for the basic courses required for human subjects research or laboratory animal welfare.

Reading, reviewing and completing the module and quizzes will take approximately 1.5 hours.The passing score for the CITI courses is 75% .

RCR for Humanities
  • Students, faculty, postdocs, and other humanities researchers

This course provides provides an introduction to responsible conduct of research in the humanities. The modules contain text and embedded case studies. PLEASE NOTE: This RCR modules cannot be substituted for the basic courses required for human subjects research or laboratory animal welfare.

Reading, reviewing and completing the module and quizzes will take approximately 1.5 hours.The passing score for the CITI courses is 75% .

RCR for Physical Sciences
  • Students, faculty, postdocs, and other physical science researchers

This course provides provides an introduction to responsible conduct of research in the physical sciences. The modules contain text and embedded case studies. PLEASE NOTE: This RCR modules cannot be substituted for the basic courses required for human subjects research or laboratory animal welfare.

Reading, reviewing and completing the module and quizzes will take approximately 1.5 hours.The passing score for the CITI courses is 75% .

RCR for Social, Behavioral, and Education
  • Students, faculty, postdocs, and other SBE researchers

This course provides provides an introduction to responsible conduct of research in the SBE sciences. The modules contain text and embedded case studies. PLEASE NOTE: This RCR modules cannot be substituted for the basic courses required for human subjects research or laboratory animal welfare.

Reading, reviewing and completing the module and quizzes will take approximately 1.5 hours.The passing score for the CITI courses is 75% .

Additional Training and Education

National Ethics Center - CORE Digital Library

Active Learning Exercises
Teaching materials include lectures, handouts, trigger videos, role-play activities, and other materials that can assist the development of RCR education curricula
Materials to use to meet the NSF requirements for Responsible Conduct of Research

Other institutional examples

American Association for the Advancement of Science  - Integrity in Scientific Research Video Series
American Psychological Association  - Care on Animal Research and Ethics (CARE) Video Series
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics - research ethics workshops and seminars
Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research
 - interactive tutorials on RCR
Ethics Core Digital Library - National Center for Professional & Research Ethics - multimedia educational materials and research literature
Ethics Education Library - Ethics Education Resources in Engineering & the Sciences
 - case studies and best practice examples
National Academy of Engineering - online Ethics Center for Engineering and Research
NIH Bioethics Resources - information for biomedical and behavioral researchers
NIH Office of Extramural Research - FAQ's and ethics information
Office of Research Integrity - ORI RCR "casebook"
Office of Research Integrity - “The Lab”
Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) - resources for biomedical, social science, behavioral and education research
Resources for Research Ethics Education - research ethics education resources and tools
Syracuse University - Video Vignettes on Research Ethics and Academic Integrity 
UC Davis/ Office of Research Integrity - Lab Management Video Vignettes 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Responsible Conduct of Research Video Vignettes 

UMBC’s Office of Research Protections and Compliance provides a wide variety of training.  ORPC has presented to departments, labs and administrative groups on campusORPC has presented to departments, labs and administrative groups on campus.  We would be more than happy to meet with you or your unit.  Please feel free to contact us at compliance@umbc.edu.

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