The Brown Ethics And Responsible Conduct OResearch Education (BEARCORE) program is designed to educate early-career researchers and trainees from a variety of academic fields on how to conduct their scientific investigations responsibly and with integrity.  BEARCORE is an in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training program that fulfills NIH and NSF requirements. Due to COVID-19 and the remote work-environment, BEARCORE will be taught remotely until further notice.

While BEARCORE is used primarily by campus-based trainees and new researchers to fulfill NIH and NSF Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirements, it is open to anyone in the Brown community who is working, or listed as an investigator, on an RCR qualifying research grant that is administered through Brown.  In sessions where spaces are limited, enrollment preference will be given to campus-based NIH/NSF trainees. If you have questions about BEARCORE, please email Juliane Blyth.

BEARCORE Full Course 

BEARCORE is offered as a rolling program consisting of three core courses and a variety of elective sessions that are offered throughout the year.  In accordance with NIH guidelines, sessions will cover research related topics, including but not limited to, Research Misconduct, Rigor & Reproducibility, Data Management and Data Use, Conflict of Interest, Ethical Considerations in Human and Animal Research, and Authorship.

Sessions are co-taught by Brown faculty members and subject matter experts with in-depth topic area knowledge. The sessions are predominantly case-based, and include mixed-media presentations, and discussions of hypothetical and real scenarios drawn from current literature and news media.  

Members of the Brown community can register for the BEARCORE program at any time during the year. Once registered for the program, participants will receive information about upcoming BEARCORE sessions and can complete the training at their own pace.

In order to receive a BEARCORE (full course) completion certificate, which meets NIH requirements, participants must:

  • Complete all three core topic sessions; and
  • Complete at least two elective sessions; and
  • Complete the online CITI RCR Basic module; and
  • If applicable, participate in a session’s group discussion and/or complete a session’s assignment(s).

BEARCORE Refresher Course

BEARCORE can also be taken as a refresher course.  NIH requires that RCR training be completed at least once during each career stage (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty levels), and at a frequency of no less than once every four years. NSF defers to each institution to determine the frequency of RCR training for its NSF-supported trainees, and Brown encourages NSF trainees to follow the same training frequency requirements as those enforced by NIH.  Once you complete the in-person course of instruction to satisfy the initial RCR training requirement, you may then complete refresher courses to comply with the career stage requirement and/or the requirement to complete re-training no less than once every four years. 

To get a Refresher BEARCORE certificate, participants must complete at least 8 training hours.

BEARCORE Registration:

To register for the BEARCORE program, please fill out this registration google form.  If you have any questions, please contact Juliane Blyth.

BEARCORE Course Information:

For more information about the BEARCORE course and further details about core and elective sessions, please see here.

Upcoming BEARCORE sessions:

You must be registered with the BEARCORE program in order to attend any of the sessions listed below:​

  • Data Management and Use (Core Course)

This session discusses data retention and stewardship expectations for research data at Brown and introduces local tools for managing, preserving, and sharing research data. Moreover, you will learn about public access polices, adopted by the major federal research funding agencies and journals, including the most recent NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing. These policies require that researchers develop data management and sharing plans for inclusion along with grant proposals outlining how data will be stored, backed up, secured, documented, disseminated and preserved. In addition, we will be looking at appropriate data use and data sharing practices and policies. What data might be considered “sensitive” and may require special storage and handling? When do you need a data use agreement to share your data with a colleague?

 Date/Time:  Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
 To RSVP for this session and receive zoom details, please email [email protected]

  • ​Understanding and Managing your Research Funding​ (Elective Session) 

Most scientist will, in the course of their career, receive sponsored research support, whether it is through a federal grant, a work order, an industry contract, or a gift. Unfortunately, most scientists never receive any formal training on how to manage their research funding: what are the rights and responsibilities under each of these different funding mechanisms?  How do you manage a grant? What is the difference between a gift, a contract, and a grant? What are the funder’s expectations? What can get you into trouble?

This session will explore the various sponsored research mechanisms and discuss funders’ expectations and PI/researchers responsibilities.

Date/Time:  Monday, June 14, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
 To RSVP for this session and receive zoom details, please email [email protected]


Prior BEARCORE Course Syllabi: 

  • Fall 2019 BEARCORE syllabus is available here

  • ​Spring 2019 BEARCORE syllabus is available here.

  • 2018 BEARCORE syllabus is available here.

  • 2017 BEARCORE syllabus is available here.