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Responsible Conduct of Research

Resources for Faculty

Faculty members are invited to participate in RCR seminars offered several times each semester. These opportunities for face-to-face discussions about RCR complement the online resources listed below. We also provide an RCR seminar materials archive as a resource for faculty.

RCR Teaching Resources

Online Short Course, RCR 101:  Foundations in the Responsible Conduct of Research: As of January 2010, an online course developed by the Graduate School provides graduate students and postdocs with instruction in the core principles of RCR common to all disciplines, such as data management, responsible authorship and peer review, and proper research conduct. This course provides training in RCR in compliance with mandates from federal funding agencies such as NSF and NIH.  To enroll in the course, RCR 101:  Foundations in the Responsible Conduct of Research, contact

Research Ethics Modules: These curricular resources on RCR topics each contain an introduction to the issue, a central reading, a case study, study questions, and a list of resources on the topic. These resource compilations, available as Microsoft Word documents, provide excellent introductions to RCR topics and can be used in part or as a whole to complement graduate courses.

OpenSeminar in Research Ethics: The research ethics topics are also available in an online module format via OpenSeminar.

Other Resources

Research Ethics & Responsible Conduct of Research @ NC State: An Inventory of Resources Available to Doctoral Students [PDF] was produced by the 2007-08 Wilkinson Graduate Research Ethics Fellow, David R. Wright. This inventory includes a list of NC State graduate courses related to research ethics and responsible conduct of research as well as departmental requirements for graduate students in the areas of research ethics and responsible conduct of research.

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "promotes integrity in biomedical and behavioral research supported by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) at about 4,000 institutions worldwide." Its website provides links to RCR resources divided into three groups: new resources, RCR programs, and RCR resources by topic.

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) spearheads a major initiative to enhance graduate student education in RCR. The resources on the CGS site include links to websites for institutions who have developed RCR programs under CGS/ORI awards.

The OpenSeminar in Research Ethics online community based at NCSU contains an extensive database of research ethics resources, both print and online. The online resources include case studies, Research Ethics Centers, readings, online tutorials and other resources on research ethics topics and can be accessed directly from the online community. Choose the tab labeled "OSRE LIBRARY.”

Bioethics Resources at the National Institutes of Health offers web-based bioethics resources at NIH.

Responsible Conduct of Research provides links to training compiled by the Office of Extramural Research at NIH.

Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University Borrowing Library contains a listing of Ethics on Loan materials currently available in various media formats.

The NC State College of Management Business Ethics Case Competition "provides students a chance to test their skills while assessing and responding to current business ethics and social responsibility issues."

Lab Management Video Vignettes gives video vignettes addressing the management of laboratories.

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