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RECOMMENDED NIH RCR COMPONENTS
Subject matter: Successful RCR training programs include instruction in:
Conflict of interest – personal, professional, and financial
Policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices
Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
Collaborative research including collaborations with industry
Data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and ownership
Research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
Responsible authorship and publication
The scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research
Responsible conduct of research is the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.
~ NIH, NOT-OD-10-019
The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and upholding the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research and scholarship.
U-M follows all federal and state guidelines regarding RCRS training for principal investigators, scholars, trainees, staff, and students. As part of our ongoing commitment to strengthen the culture of ethical research and integrity across U-M, all employees and students engaged in research and scholarship are required to complete an updated RCRS course, which is part of the Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship (PEERRS) and is designed to meet federal and institutional requirements. This requirement applies to all U-M employees and students engaged in any facet of research and scholarship, regardless of internal or external support, including (but not limited to):
Publishing activities (journal articles, book writing, literary criticism, legal research, technical and institutional research reports, literature reviews, and historical scholarship, among other forms)
Oral or poster presentations of research/scholarship
Collection and analysis of data, information, biospecimens or records
Inclusion as personnel on sponsored research or scholarship grants/awards
Inclusion as personnel on internally funded research or scholarship grants/awards
Development and/or leadership of centers that generate new knowledge, research or scholarship
Creative expression/performance and visual arts activities (compositions, presentations, performances, exhibits and similar projects)
A. RCRS requirement for the U-M research and scholarship community: All persons engaged in research and scholarship, including faculty, postdocs/fellows, students, and staff, shall complete the PEERRS-RCRS online course. This course meets the minimal requirements for all individuals engaged in research and scholarship, including NSF and USDA NIFA RCR requirements for all trainee populations.
- PEERRS-RCRS completion certifications are valid for three (3) years from the last completion date.
- New hires must complete training within 30 days.
B. RCR requirement for NIH-supported trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars: In addition to completing the PEERRS-RCRS online course, those receiving support though applicable NIH training and career development grants (e.g., D, T, F, and K type awards) must participate in an appropriate instructor-led RCR training course/workshop for a minimum of eight (8) contact hours. Training must be completed at least once during each career stage, and no less than once every four years. This instructor-led training must be completed within one (1) year of being awarded or added to an applicable NIH grant. These sessions will continue to be organized and conducted by appropriate schools, colleges, and/or training programs.
C. Rackham Graduate School RCRS requirement for Ph.D. students: The Rackham Graduate School has an academic requirement that all Ph.D. students complete RCRS training before advancing to candidacy. The training must include eight (8) hours of instructor-led contact. These sessions will continue to be organized and conducted by appropriate schools and colleges. The instructor-led RCRS courses that some units have established for training Ph.D. students may also satisfy the NIH RCR training requirement in B (above), if they meet content and format requirements. (https://rackham.umich.edu/academic-policies/section4/#4-2)
To meet the NIH (B) and Rackham (C) requirements, each U-M school/college has developed an RCRS training program for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. Contact your school/college for information regarding this RCRS training. An individual with a U-M faculty title but receiving support from an applicable NIH grant would still be required to complete RCR training as described in (B).
RCRS Training Quick Reference Chart
|Individuals||All (sponsored, internal, or unfunded)||NIH training and career development awards|
|Undergrad and Masters students||PEERRS-RCRS||Instructor-led*|
|Doctoral Students||PEERRS-RCRS and instructor-led**|
|Postdocs, fellows, and residents||PEERRS-RCRS||Instructor-led*|
* Requirement for instructor-led training in addition to online PEERRS-RCRS course and applies to individuals with the following type of NIH awards: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, and TU2 grants
** All Rackham doctoral students must complete both types of training (online and instructor-led), regardless of funding source.
The University's online Program for Education & Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship (PEERRS) offers eLearning courses for research investigators and others at U-M to fulfill compliance-specific training regulations, such as export control, RCRS, and human subjects protections.
Per NOT-OD-10-019, the instructor-led RCR requirement applies to “D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R. This policy also applies to any other NIH-funded programs supporting research training, career development, or research education that require instruction in responsible conduct of research as stated in the relevant funding opportunity announcements.”
While some of the material in GCP and PEERRS Human Subjects Research Protections is similar to some material covered in a RCRS course, they are completely different training requirements. Completion of CGP and PEERRS Human Subjects Research Protections does not replace the requirement to complete the RCRS training course. Likewise, the RCRS training course does not replace CGP and PEERRS Human Subjects Research Protection.
For questions regarding instructor-led RCRS training, please contact your unit/school. Please contact UMOR.RCRS@umich.edu for questions regarding general or PEERRS-RCRS training requirements. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if an alternative training option is needed due to visual impairment or other ADA compliance reasons.
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No, NIH requires that RCR training be conducted in-person for a minimum of eight (8) contact hours and include instructor-led discussions. Online instruction, such as the PEERRS-RCRS course, is not sufficient.
Historically, RCR training has included instruction related to the conduct of research only. U-M recognizes the importance of scholarship and scholarly activities to the academic endeavor and therefore has chosen to prepare our current and future scholars with the same standards of integrity delivered to researchers. Additionally, as the U-M SPG 303.03 (Policy Statement on the Integrity of Scholarship) applies to allegations of misconduct in both research and scholarship, U-M believes it is vital that all individuals be trained in the ethical and responsible standards held by U-M.