Responsible Conduct of Research
The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers.
The RCR Institute offers educational programming and a certification program to support the efforts by departmental and individual faculty members to provide RCR training to graduate and undergraduate students involved in research.
Online Training Modules
RCR online training modules meet the current NIH and NSF RCR training requirements. All students participating in research and/or attending any of the RCR workshops are highly encouraged to complete the online training.
Students pursuing the RCR Certification must print and submit copies of the certificate of completion for each online training module completed. Completion of the General Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training module is required for RCR Certification.
- General Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) REQUIRED for RCR Certification
- NIH Financial Conflicts of Interest
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Hazard Communication
- Working with Vaccinia
- Laser Safety
- Working with Recombinant DNA Molecules
Research Involving Live Subjects
An ongoing workshop series highlighting various RCR topics and featuring expert faculty and researchers is offered by the RCR Institute. Topics are presented on a rotating basis each year. Attendance at a minimum of three workshops is required for earning an RCR certification. Workshop topics include:
Research Ethics & Compliance
- Case Study 1 (DOC, 28KB)
- Case Study 2 (DOC, 30KB)
- Case Study 3 (DOC, 26KB)
- Case Study 4 (DOC, 30KB)
- Research Ethics vs. Compliance/Social Responsibility (PPTX, 79KB)
Individuals at UT Arlington are encouraged to participate in RCR activities in addition to the online training and may elect to complete a course of study leading to certification in Responsible Conduct of Research. Participants will be recognized with a certificate and a transcript notation once they have completed the following within two years:
- Complete the General RCR Training module and any other relevant modules and print copies of the completion certificates.
- Attend 3 RCR workshops offered by the RCR Institute.
- Attend 4 other RCR activities. Departments and faculty mentors are expected to provide discipline-specific RCR mentoring to students to fulfill this requirement. Examples of activities that fulfill this requirement include but are not limited to formal or informal courses or class meetings that focus on one or more core areas of RCR training, online training offered by academic units or the Office of Research, informal discussion with a mentor, lab meetings focused on a core area of RCR training, department sponsored events or workshops focused on RCR training. Submit copies of the RCR Additional Activities form to verify completion of additional training.
Submit a complete application packet to
attn: RCR Certification
333 Davis Hall, Box 19167
Arlington, TC 76019
RCR Certification Application (PDF, 100KB)
RCR Activity Form (PDF, 111KB)