Policy Title

Responsible Conduct of Research


The objective of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training program, in conjunction with research experience, is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for advanced study and careers in scientific research. The RCR training will also meet specific training requirements for research sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Faculty, staff, students

Policy Number:2.4.07
Effective Date:06/01/2020
Date Reviewed: 04/27/2020
Last Review Date: Apr 1 2023 12:00AM; 04/20/2021
Responsible Official: Director of Grants and Sponsored Research Development
Responsible Office: Grants and Sponsored Research Devlopment
Contact Information:

Macfeat House, (803) 323-2460, https://www.winthrop.edu/grants/


1.0 Specific meanings of bold terms seen throughout this policy can be found within the University's policy definition glossary by following the link below.

1.1 http://www.winthrop.edu/policy-definitions-glossary

RCR Training will include the following topics: 

• Conflict of Interest – personal, professional and financial 

• Policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, use of bio-hazardous materials and safe laboratory practices 

• Mentor/Mentee responsibilities and relationships 

• Collaborative research including collaborations with industry 

• Peer review 

• Data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and ownership 

• Research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct 

• Responsible authorship and publication 

• The scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research 

The Principal Investigator and Department Chair will be responsible for ensuring that all undergraduate and graduate students working on NSF or NIH supported research projects within their areas have received RCR training either at the onset of the project or within 1 year of the start date of the project. Certification of this training must be submitted to the office of Grants and Sponsored Research Development (GSRD) within one year of the start of the research project for each student working on the project. Once a certificate has been submitted, it will remain in effect until the student graduates from the University, but not longer than four (4) years. 

This policy relies on the commitment of the Principal Investigator and Department Head in ensuring that all students involved in NSF or NIH sponsored research receive RCR training. GSRD will provide oversight to ensure training programs are complete and meet requirements as stated in NSF and NIH guidelines, and that Certificates of RCR Training are submitted for students involved in research in a timely manner. 


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