Responsible Conduct of Research

Links to useful sites will be provided within each of the subtopics. The Office of Office of Research Integrity (ORI) at the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Their website is located at and it contains a wealth of information on RCR.  The specific charge of the Office of Research Integrity, which is stated on the front plate of their website is to promote “integrity in biomedical and behavior research supported by the U.S. Public Heath Service (PHS).” The ideas presented by their office, however, represent general concepts that apply to many areas research.  A very good overview of the RCR issues can be found in the text ORI: The Responsible Conduct of Research by Nicholas Steneck.  The text is available electronically at the ORI website.


The University of Tulsa Implementation of NSF RCR Training Requirements

The 2007 America COMPETES Act (ACA) states “Institutions that apply for financial assistance from NSF for science and engineering research or education should include a plan in their grant proposals for appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will participate in the proposed research project.” 

Effective January 4, 2010, all institutions submitting proposals to NSF must certify that they have a training plan in place.  Training plans do not need to be submitted with the proposal, but are subject to review upon request.  Institutions are responsible for verifying that these individual receive training.  TU’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) policy can be found here.  Directions for signing up for the CITI RCR Tutorial may be found here.  The CITI Program link is

Please contact Carmen Schaar-Walden, Coordinator of Research Compliance at 631-3310 if you have any questions.