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 [email protected].

The Fall 2018 RCR Session will be offered every Tuesday afternoon between September 18 and October 30, 2018 from 4-6.  Please note that this is required training for all 1st year BioMed PhD students and your registration is automatic.  For all others who need to take the training, please send an email to [email protected] no later than August 31, 2018.  

2018 RCR Syllabus

RCR Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Additional RCR Programming at Brown

Research Integrity Series for Junior Faculty: Co-sponsored by the Advance-CTR the BioMed Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is rolling out a Research Integrity Series as part of Brown's Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training available to all junior faculty. The goal of this series is to provide attendees with the opportunity to review and discuss the most current and pressing matters related to research integrity and scientific misconduct with senior faculty and experts in the field. Sessions will be held monthly from 3:30 - 5 pm covering topics such as Rigor & Reproducibility, Mentorship, Data, Collaborations, Policy and Running a Lab. Sessions will alternate between Brown's main campus and Rhode Island Hospital. Registration to receive more information can be found here

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 two in-person sessions lasting 4h 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 both sessions of a cycle.

RCR Refresher training for the Fall of 2019 is scheduled for the following days:

Friday, October 25 8-12 pm

Friday, November 22 8-12 pm

Please register here for the Fall RCR refresher course

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