Columbia University Medical College

Responsible Conduct of Research


Responsible Conduct of Research

RCR Training Options

The University has established multiple options for satisfying RCR requirements, including both on-line and in-person trainings:

On-line - Through Rascal, individuals can access an on-line course created and maintained by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), a nationally-recognized source for research-related training. Learners are required to complete up to nine RCR modules:
  • Research Misconduct
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities
  • Peer Review
  • Collaborative Science
  • Human Subjects Protection
  • Working with Animal Subjects (biomedical researchers only)
(Note: While this course satisfies the NSF requirement, NIH trainees must also complete some in-person training.)

Established Columbia Courses - The University currently offers two established RCR courses, either of which will satisfy both the NIH and the NSF requirements: Departmental Offerings - Many departments provide or plan to provide RCR training through previously established or newly created offerings. For example, Chemistry G8349 - Research Ethics & Philosophy, can be used to satisfy the NSF RCR requirement; it is open to Graduate students in GSAS, SEAS and SIPA.

To ensure compliance with NSF requirements, departmental offerings must be reviewed by the Office of Research Compliance and Training, and the department must maintain appropriate compliance documentation. The Office of Research Compliance and Training is available to provide support.