Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)

Division of Biology and Medicine Fall Training Sequence

The Division of Biology & Medicine, along with most of the agencies that sponsor biomedical research, require instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research.  This training takes place at various intervals in a scientist's career.  The NIH requires that this training includes "substantial face to face discussions".  For more information about requirements from the NSF and NIH, please go to their sites that are linked here.  The Division's primary training takes place in the Fall of each year and we offer subsequent refresher training throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.  

The Fall RCR training sequence organized by the Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is required for all entering PhD students in the Division of Biology and Medicine. Others, including postdoctoral researchers, masters students and junior faculty with career development grants are welcome to participate by making a request to

The Fall 2017 session is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 and will run for 7 weeks on Tuesdays from 4pm - 6pm.  All classes will be held in MacMillan Hall, Room #115.

First year PhD students in BioMed are required to take this training and your registration is automatic.  For all others, please register your intent to enroll by sending an e-mail to no later than September 5, 2017.    

Fall 2017 Syllabus 

RCR Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Additional RCR Programming at Brown

RCR Refresher Training: The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers refresher training for postdoctoral researchers and fourth-year predoctoral students in the Division of Biology and Medicine that satisfies the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) requirements for the Responsible Conduct of Research. The course comprises three in-person sessions lasting 1.5h each and is offered twice per academic year, once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester. To complete refresher training, trainees may attend all three sessions of a cycle OR participate in two sessions AND complete online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training.

For AY 2017-2018, RCR Refresher training will be offered:

Fall 2017: 12-1:30pm, October 19th, November 16th and December 14th, with CITI certificates due by December 14th.

Spring 2018: 8:30-10am, January 23rd, February 20th and March 20th, with CITI certificates due by April 2nd.

Please register to indicate your preference.

Brown University Offices dealing with Ethical Issues in Research

Office of Vice President for Research
Office of Sponsored Projects
Research Compliance
Brown University Libraries
Industry Engagement and Commercial Venturing
Office of BioMed Research Administration