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Responsible Conduct of Research

Quality graduate education includes the responsible conduct of research (RCR). Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is committed to promoting RCR and maintaining high standards of ethics and accountability in all of its research activities. The Division of Research and the Graduate College together provide RCR training and education for FAU graduate students.

Responsible conduct of research is defined as the practice of academic investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to research and other scholarly activities. Recent changes by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requiring RCR training for all postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students supported by NSF or NIH funding underscores the importance of the proper conduct of research.

Responsible conduct of research training for graduate students at FAU is provided in two ways:

  1. CITI (Collaborative Inter-Institutional Training Initiative) online training
  2. RCR Workshop series held each spring and fall semester at the Boca Raton campus. To register for RCR, please click here.

It is highly recommended that graduate students engaged in active research complete both the CITI online training and the RCR Workshop series. FAU graduate students working on funded research projects should check with their principal investigator to confirm RCR training requirements for their particular grant. For any questions regarding RCR or CITI training, please contact Beth Barak, Division of Research, at bbarak@fau.edu or 561.297.2311.

 Last Modified 7/21/15