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Responsible Conduct of Research


Research Ethics & Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is the ongoing process of reconciling regulations, guidelines, standards, and ethics to promote integrity in the proposing, planning, conducting, reporting, and reviewing of research. The U. S. Department of Health & Human Services's Office of Research Integrity (ORI) oversees and directs Public Health Services (PHS) research integrity activities and provides a number of resources in support of responsible conduct of research. As of January 4, 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) began requiring training in the responsible conduct of research for all staff involved in NSF funded projects. The NSF mandate requires all undergraduate, graduate students, and post-docs receive training in the responsible conduct of research, including human subject research and lab animal welfare, prior to working on any NSF funded projects.

Please direct all researchers whether they are students, staff or faculty to complete the online training described below.

Educational Materials - The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) has developed a course on Responsible Conduct of Research that is available on-line. The course covers the Responsible Conduct of Research for Biomedical, Social and Behavioral, Physical Science, Humanities, Engineers, and Administrators.

Please follow the steps listed below to select the required Responsible Conduct of Research training for your research.  


  • Training is valid for up to 3 years.
  • You do not need a JMU e-id to register for training.
  • Training is free.
  1. Go to and click "Register Here".  Complete the steps to register a member profile and to affiliate with JMU.
  2. Select ONLY "I need to take a course in the Responsible Conduct of Research."
  3. Select the type of RCR training that best suits your field of study (i.e. Biomedical, Social and Behavioral, Physical Science, Humanities, Engineers, or Administrators)
  4. From the Main Menu, select "Enter" under Status. You should be registered for your selected Responsible Conduct of Research course.