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Responsible Conduct of Research

All Duquesne researchers must complete NSF mandated training on Responsible Conduct of Research

Register and begin the online training now.

NSF Responsible Conduct of Research Training

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced a new award requirement aimed at increasing responsible conduct of research (RCR) training.

Effective for all awards made on or after January 4, 2010, all researchers must receive mandatory RCR training.  (This includes undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral appointees paid either salary or stipend from an NSF award.)

Read more about the NSF requirement.

Online Training Course

To comply with this requirement, you  must complete the Online RCR Course from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, before any salary or stipend is approved.  This is effective immediately.

The Principal Investigator should be the first line of counseling to ensure that the RCR training is completed in a timely manner. PI's are encouraged to take the CITI training, though it is not mandatory for them.

The online course will take 4 to 6 hours. You may stop at the end of any module, and resume by entering your user name and password.

Human Subject Research Training

As of January 01, 2011, all Key Research Personnel (see definition below) engaged in human subject research must complete the  Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative's (CITI) online Training Program prior to IRB approval of a new or continuing review application.

Key Research Personnel

  • Principal Investigator
  • Other investigators
  • Research personnel who are directly involved in conducting research with study participants or who are directly involved with handling private information (example: patient's medical records and charts) related to study participants during the course of a research project.
  • Faculty sponsors who provide direct oversight of research with study participants or research using study participant's private information.

More information about Human Subject Research Training.