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Responsible Conduct of Research

Teaching, research and service are the University of Idaho’s basic functions. It is University of Idaho policy that its employees conform to established ethical standards in the conduct of their research and creative activities consistent with the university's position as a land-grant institution and preeminent center for research-oriented graduate programs.

RCR Training & Resources

NSF’s award policies include a requirement for training in the Responsible Conduct of Research for all graduate students, undergraduate students and post docs working on NSF grants. The CITI RCR training module and exam below must be completed by all students and post docs supported by NSF funds.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture policy requires that program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research. The CITI RCR training module and exam below must be completed by all individuals involved with the NIFA project.

The National Institutes of Health requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research and applies to all programs that require instruction in responsible conduct of research as stated in the relevant funding opportunity announcements. In addition to online training, NIH policy requires at a minimum, 8 hours of face-to-face instruction in responsible conduct of research. To comply with this, the University of Idaho offers the CITI RCR training module and in addition, offers training seminars that cover the following topics:

     a. policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices
     b. research misconduct and polices for handling misconduct
     c. mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
     d. collaborative science
     e. peer review
     f. data management
     g. publication/authorship
     h. the scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues 

Click here to see the training schedule for the current semester.

BIO 553 also satisfies the RCR training requirement in lieu of attending the seminars.

    RCR Training Course through CITI
    How to register for CITI training

For additional information please contact the Office of Research Assurances at 208-885-0174 or rcr@uidaho.edu.

Office of Research Assurances

Physical Address:

Morrill Hall Room 414
Moscow, ID  83844

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr., MS 3010
Moscow, ID  83844-3010

Phone: 208-885-6162

Email: ored-ora@uidaho.edu

Web: ORA Website

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