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RCR Areas of Instruction

The nine instructional areas of focus for RCR education and training include:

  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership. Managing research data properly touches on trade secrets, patents, copyrights and intellectual property.
  • Conflict of Interest and Commitment. The legal term “conflict of interest” spans behaviors and actions involving personal gain or financial benefit.
  • Human Subjects. Numerous entities govern the use of human subject research ranging from safe practices to informed consent.
  • Animal Welfare. The use of animals in experiments is an important research tool and must be conducted in a humane manner.
  • Research Misconduct. In order to advance knowledge, research must be performed ethically and accurately.
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship. Properly preparing research findings for dissemination is an important facet of the responsible research process.
  • Mentor / Trainee Responsibilities. Mentors are responsible for the guidance and development of their mentee to include academic, career, technical and ethical growth.
  • Peer Review. Peer review refers to the process of ensuring research proposals and manuscripts meet established standards.
  • Collaborative Science. In today’s technical world, most researchers collaborate with other institutions, agencies and private industry to share knowledge and funding.

The Office of Research Integrity, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has numerous resources available online for each of the nine instructional areas of RCR education. Please click here to view available materials.



 Last Modified 6/30/14