The Texas A&M University System is committed to maintaining the integrity fundamental to research activities through the responsible and ethical conduct of its faculty, staff, and students. The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a widely accepted set of ethical principles and professional standards for conducting research in the university community.
NSF & NIH Requirements
For National Science Foundation (NSF) research proposals submitted on or after January 4, 2010 and subsequently awarded, an institution must have a plan in place to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research. The RCR Plan does not need to be included in proposal, but need to be available to NSF upon audit request. The CITI program may be used to satisfy the NSF RCR requirements.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, or dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. This policy takes effect with all new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010, and for all continuation (Type 5) application with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011. While the CITI RCR modules may be used to partially satisfy the NIH Requirements, the online RCR training is not considered adequate without face-to-face instruction.
15.99.03 Ethics in Research, Scholarship and Creative Work