Responsible Conduct of Research

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.

Federal Requirements

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires that undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers receive training and oversight in responsible and ethical conduct in research, if they will be supported by the NSF to conduct research. 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. To satisfy the NIH Requirements, online RCR training is not considered adequate without face-to-face instruction.

System Policies

15.99.03 Ethics in Research, Scholarship and Creative Work

Members Programs

Resources