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Responsible Conduct of 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.  In general terms, responsible conduct in research is simply good citizenship applied to professional life.

RCR encompasses nine areas:  research misconduct, human participants, research involving animals, data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership, mentor/trainee responsibilities, publication practices and responsible authorship, peer review, collaborative science, and conflicts of interest. 

Training Requirements

Training is required for the following:

  • NSF Funding - Undergraduate students, graduate student and postdoctoral researchers.
  • USDA-NIFA Funding - Researchers and staff members who conduct USDA-funded research.
  • NIH Funding - NIH Institutional Research Training Grants, Individual Fellowship Awards, Career Development Award (Institutional and Individual), Research Education Grants, Dissertation Grants, or other grant programs with a training component that requires instruction in responsible conduct of research.

Training Options

Training is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) website at Complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course most applicable to your area of research.

If your department uses alternative training, send a certificate to Research Integrity and Compliance via email to document the training.


Affiliating with North Dakota State University in the CITI Program:

CITI training is available through a single sign on application so NDSU employees are able to use their NDSU electronic IDs and passwords when logging in.  Go to: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, click on 'Log in through my Institution' and choose ‘North Dakota State University.’

Affiliating with North Dakota State University in the CITI program:

  • Check that you are affiliated with North Dakota State University in CITI as a primary or secondary institution. If you are not, fill out the “Click here to affiliate with another institution” section within CITI.
  • Ensure that your institutional email has a NDSU email domain in the CITI Program Profile (use your NDSU email address): If not, change the email by going to My Profiles in CITI.
  • If you have not yet used your NDSU email to create a CITI account, CITI will create an account with key pieces of profile information the first time you log in through the single sign on.
    • If this is the first time you have logged into CITI, fill out additional profile fields after your new account is created.
    • If you have an NDSU email account and have previously created a CITI account with a non-NDSU email account, you can request that CITI merge the accounts by sending an email to with the following information:

     - Your first and last name.
     - The name of your institution.
     - The username or Member ID for the account to keep.
     - The username or Member ID for the account to merge.

Online Training Support for new and returning learners:

How do I know when my course expires
How to contact CITI for technical support


Case study videos are available through the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity describing potential research integrity concerns/issues and how to address.  These short videos are great learning tools, and can be used to supplement online training.

Agency RCR Requirements


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