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Responsible Conduct in Research Training

Alabama A&M University provides Responsible Conduct in Research (“RCR”) training to the university research community via online RCR training and through RCR training seminars. RCR training is overseen by the University’s Office of Research Compliance in coordination with faculty, administration, and staff who are performing and/or overseeing research occurring at the university.

Online RCR Training

NIFA: USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture’s RCR Training Requirement

NIFA requires all program directors, faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff who are paid from NIFA grants receive training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). The RCR training provided to each individual must be documented and is subject to NIFA review. Full text can be found on page 5 of the NIFA’s February 2013 Agency-Specific Terms & Conditions (PDF).

NSF: National Science Foundation’s RCR Training Requirement

NSF requires all undergraduate, graduate students and postdocs who receive NSF support (salary and/or stipend) to conduct research be provided training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).

NIH: National Institutes of Health’s RCR Training Requirement

NIH requires 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 receive training in Responsible Conduct of Research.

AAMU Training Requirement

In response to NIFA, NSF, NIH and other Federal and State requirements, AAMU requires all Principal Investigators, faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff who are paid (salary and/or stipend) directly from a NIFA, NSF, NIH or any other Federal and State sponsored project with similar requirements to complete the RCR Training provided by AAMU's Office of Research Compliance through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

The CITI RCR Training is on-line and free to AAMU research community and covers most of the following essential RCR topics:

  • Research Misconduct
  • Data Acquisition and Management
  • Responsible Authorship
  • Peer Review
  • Laboratory Animal Welfare
  • Human Subjects Protections
  • Mentoring
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Collaborative Research

How to get RCR Training

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