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Responsible Conduct of Research Training

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Learn more about instructions to access the Responsible Conduct of Research Training Program.

Register on the CITI website.

New NSF Responsible Conduct of Research Training Requirement

Effective January 4, 2010 the National Science Foundation requires that all proposals including undergraduate students, graduate students, or postdoctoral researchers have a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research. This will not be a specific section of the proposal, but instead will be an Institutional and Principal Investigator/Project Director (PI/PD) certification stating that Pepperdine University offers an effective program of education and mentoring in order to comply with the directive.

To facilitate the institutional research environment, support the responsible conduct of research by all participants, and meet this new requirement, any project director intending to submit a proposal to an external agency that will include undergraduate students, graduate students, or postdoctoral researchers will also now be required to submit a written plan along with the proposal. Because it is anticipated that additional agencies will follow the lead of NSF, Pepperdine is not limiting participation in the program to only NSF-funded projects.

Pepperdine University's Plan for Responsible Conduct of Research Training

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives has developed an institution-wide program to meet these requirements. The program consists of two parts:

1) Completion by students and post-docs of a basic selection of online core modules of the Responsible Conduct of Research program hosted by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) of the University of Miami; Register on the CITI website.

2) Discipline-specific mentoring by the PI/PD while the award is active.

All undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers involved in research must complete the online training and successfully pass the quizzes offered in the program. A certificate of completion will be awarded, and it is the responsibility of the PI/PD to maintain a copy in the grant file.

Online modules will cover the following topics with individual completion times estimated to vary between one and three hours:

  • Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
  • Collaborative Research
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Conflicts of Interest and Commitment
  • Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities
  • Research Misconduct
  • Peer Review

Examples of online materials and mentoring plans will be available upon request. For additional information contact: the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, TAC 336; 310.506.4819; rspinfo@pepperdine.edu