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Responsible Conduct of Research

Resources for Graduate Students & Postdocs

These resources are designed to support and develop the research skills of graduate students and postdocs, who are considered trainees by federal funding agencies such as NSF (National Science Foundation) and NIH (National Institutes of Health).

On-Campus Resources

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Seminars and Workshops
Face-to-face seminars and workshops regarding responsible conduct of research issues are offered through the Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) program that is housed within the Graduate School. PFL brings together people from many disciplines to discuss ethical issues society will confront through the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program. We see responsible conduct of research as an integral value of graduate education, helping to shape the ethos of the university—not just a requirement to fulfill. Our program prepares graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to recognize ethical issues as they arise, reason correctly about these issues, formulate appropriate moral arguments, and behave in a morally responsible manner. NOTE: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 14 days before the event. Direct accommodation requests to

Responsible Conduct of Research Short Course
In January 2010, an online course was developed by The Graduate School to provide 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. Contact the to register for this course, RCR 101: Foundations in the Responsible Conduct of Research.


Off-Campus Resources

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) promotes integrity in biomedical and behavioral research supported by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) at about 4,000 institutions worldwide. ORI monitors institutional investigations of research misconduct and facilitates the responsible conduct of research (RCR) through educational, preventive, and regulatory activities.

Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) Project for Scholarly Integrity seeks to advance the scope and quality of graduate education in the ethical and responsible conduct of research.

The National Science Foundation’s implementation of Section 7009 the 2007 America COMPETES Act outlines how the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering.  Consequently, RCR education is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers.

On Becoming a Scientist presents discussions of the social and historical context of science, the allocation of credit for discovery, the scientist's role in society, the issues revolving around publication, and many other relevant RCR-related topics.

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