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Responsible Conduct of Research Training

Education on the responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical to public support for and confidence in science and engineering.  EWU faculty, staff, and students conducting research supported by federal funding have an obligation to ensure that all work is carried out responsibly and ethically in compliance with university policies and government regulations.

EWU provides access to high quality on-line Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program to all EWU faculty, staff, and students.  Researchers funded by federal programs are required to take this training by federal policy Others may access the modules if they want more information on RCR as part of their educational experience.

CITI's RCR training consists of a series of specific courses designed for biomedical, engineering, humanities, physical sciences, research administration, and social, behavioral, and education sciences researchers. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, conflicts of interest, authorship, collaborative research, data management, mentoring, peer review, research misconduct, plagiarism, human subjects research, and animal subjects research.  Each module contains embedded case studies and additional case studies are available to further complement a specific module.

CITI's RCR Training Modules

Training Requirements For Those With Federal Funding

All personnel conducting federally supported research are required to complete the training offered through CITI in the appropriate disciplinary area:  biomedical, engineering, humanities, physical sciences, research administration, and social, behavioral, and education sciences in the following areas:  authorship, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, data management, mentoring, peer review, and research misconduct.  Depending on the focus of the research, research personnel may also be required to complete the trainings on human subjects and animal research. 

Research personnel need to complete their training within 30 days after they become employed on or begin contributing time to a federally funded research grant.  It is not necessary to complete all the modules at once, but they do need to be completed within the specified timeframe and a score of 80% or higher on the quiz for each module must be received in order to satisfy the training requirement.

The CITI Program will provide a certificate of completion that will be automatically forwarded to the Office of Grant and Research Development.  Please print a copy of the certificate for your records and provide a copy to the principal investigator or project director of the grant.

If you have questions about the RCR training or need technical assistance, please contact Ruth Galm, Executive Director, Office of Grant and Research Development, at 509-359-7971.

Other RCR Instructional Resources

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bioethics Resources

Links to information of potential use and interest to diverse audiences-biomedical and behavioral researchers, health care professionals, research participants, patients and patient advocates, students and faculty in different disciplines, and the general public.

Office of Research Integrity

Links to resources at on the responsible conduct of research including video vignettes and an online study guide, among other educational materials.

The Lab:  Avoiding Research Misconduct

This video addresses areas of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) including avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices.  It is interactive and viewers make ethical and life decisions as one of four characters: a fourth-year graduate student, a postdoctoral researcher, a principal investigator, and a university research administrator.  The viewer's decisions determine the video's outcomes.

Zheng Lab - Bad Project (Lady Gaga parody)

Amusing insights into the forces that could drive misconduct.


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