Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Plan

CSUF requires training to ensure the highest ethical and professional standards for conducting research. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is intended to promote awareness of principles and practices that facilitate ethical and responsible research across all areas of research and scholarship. The Associate Vice President (AVP) of The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Research Compliance Officer (RCO), in concert with faculty and staff, developed the RCR training planPDF File Opens in new window . The AVP and RCO maintain oversight of this plan. The plan’s flexibility permits training to be appropriate for the discipline and career stage.

Any individual (i.e. student, post-doctoral fellow, staff, faculty) engaged in research is required to complete RCR Training, however, project funding may require specific RCR training. Both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have requirements for training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Any researcher involved in an NSF or NIH funded project must complete the online CITI training course entitled, “Responsible Conduct of Research – Basic” module and additional face to face training as appropriate.

It is the responsibility of the individual investigator to verify with their funding agency what additional training is required for their research. Please view the RCR Training PlanPDF File Opens in new window for additional information.