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.  The Division's primary training takes place in the Fall of each year and we offer subsequent advanced 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  and junior faculty with career development grants are welcome to participate in this training or one of the more advanced trainings listed below. Any other trainees may also request to take this course by registering here. The Fall 2022 RCR training will be held on Tuesdays from 4 - 6 p.m. starting September 20, 2022. It will run for 9 weeks with the last module being held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. 

More information for RCR participants


Additional RCR Programming

RCR Advanced Training

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers a more advanced ethics 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 3h each and is offered twice per academic year, once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester. To complete this training, trainees may attend all sessions of a cycle. Please note that sessions have returned to in person starting in 2022.

Spring of 2023 Training
March 3, April 6 and 13, 8 am to 11am.
Please register here


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, Research Misconduct, Mentorship, Data Management, and Responsible Authorship. Sessions will be held on Brown's main campus or Zoom. For more information or other questions please contact Audra Van Wart, Associate Dean for Training & Program Development. 

REGISTER here for the 2022-23 course.