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 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 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 2021 RCR training will be held on Tuesdays from 4 - 6 p.m. starting September 21, 2021. It will run for 8 weeks with the last module being held on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. All sessions will be virtual for the 2020 - 2021 Academic Year.
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 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 this training, trainees may attend both sessions of a cycle. Please note that currently sessions will be virtual for the fall of 2021 Academic Year.
Fall of 2021 Training
October 29 and November 12, 8 am to noon.
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, Mentorship, Data, Collaborations, Policy and Running a Lab. Sessions will alternate between Brown's main campus and Rhode Island Hospital.