The Office of Research Integrity

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Resources

The UNCG Office of Research Integrity (ORI) offers an multi-part educational curriculum in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) to meet the regulatory requirements of both the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.  Additionally, this program meets the institutional goal of developing a university-wide approach to meeting the ethical standards that it was founded upon. Online training alone is not acceptable to meet this required criteria. Some departments and graduate groups also have their own courses and these below options can be incorporated into the curriculum of those classes.

PLEASE NOTE: RCR TRAINING IS SEPARATE FROM IRB TRAINING. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A HELPFUL EXPLANATION.

In order to meet the requirements of NSF and NIH RCR training, a combination (multimedia approach) of the following below options will need to be taken, noting the dates of the scheduled seminars. All of the members of the study team will need to have completed the seminar offered, as well as an online training course every three years and will be expected to complete their first round of the curriculum within a year of the awarded grant and/or before work begins.

Responsible Conduct of Research covers the following topics:

  • Conflict of interest (personal, professional, financial)
  • Policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, 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

NEW Responsible Conduct of Research Training

“Responsible Conduct of Research: Taking the High Road to Better Data”

The Office of Research Integrity announces its NEW training session in Responsible Conduct of Research practices. These sessions will be hosted by a different department each semester and offered to all of those who would like to attend across the campus.

Topics include: Conflict of Interest in Research, Questionable Research Practices, Data Management, Authorship, and Mentor/Mentee Relationships.

Please contact the Office of Research Integrity if you would like to host a session. Future session dates will be listed on this page once scheduled.

Fall 2017 Session:

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – Go to http://workshops.uncg.edu/ – search under“Office of Research Workshops”

Date: October 6, 2017

Time: 11am-1:30pm

Location: EUC Sharpe Room

Resources from past RCR “Slippery Slope series” training:

  • “Authorship: Who Receives the Credit?” presented by Dr. William Wiener, Dean, Graduate School. Please click here to view this PowerPoint presentation from the April 11, 2014 Slippery Slope presentation.
  • “Intellectual Property” – presented by Staton Noel, Director, Office of Innovation Commercialization. Please click here to view this PowerPoint presentation from the January 23, 2015 Slippery Slope presentation.

CITI Training

Human Subjects Training Workshops

The UNCG Office of Research Integrity offers a two hour session in human research protection once a semester, covering all required categories to meet the requirements of our assurance with the Office of Research Protections (OHRP). Topics of this session also are part of the RCR curriculum on the campus. These workshops cover areas such as confidentiality, informed consent, recruitment, and the history of human research protection.

Fall 2017 Training session:

  • Date: October 3, 2017
  • Time: 9am-11am
  • Location: MHRA 2711
  • To register, go to the UNCG Workshops page – click Office of Research Workshops

PLEASE NOTE: The Office of Research Integrity will also be happy to provide specifically-tailored sessions to a department or class by request. These requests can be made to ori@uncg.edu or by contacting Melissa Beck at mdbeck@uncg.edu.

Epigeum:  Research Integrity Certification and Assessment (RICA) interactive training course

Epigeum: Research Integrity Certification and Assessment (RICA) is an online, interactive course. Epigeum RICA can be used in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in fulfillment of a course or just in addition to providing students with knowledge in the area of Responsible Conduct of Research. It can also be used along with the above seminar series as part of the specific requirements in the responsible conduct of research as mandated by NIH and NSF, as well as other funding agencies.
For detailed enrollment instructions in the Epigeum: Research Integrity Certification and Assessment (RICA) course, please click here.

Steps to Accessing the Epigeum Courses

Please see the registration instructions below for new and existing users:

Instructions to new users:

  • Go to https://researchintegrity.epigeum.com
  • Click Register
  • Complete the form, make sure in the email field you use your @edu email address
  • Once registered, you will receive an activation email. If you do not receive this, contact technical@epigeum.com
  • Once you have clicked on the link in the activation email, you will be able to log in and access the courses through the Online Courses tab

Instructions to existing users:

  • Go to https://researchintegrity.epigeum.com
  • Click Forgotten your password?
  • Enter your @edu email address
  • You will receive a password reset email. If you do not receive this, contact technical@epigeum.com
  • Enter your @edu email address as your username, and the temporary password that was sent to you in the email (this will be a string of characters)
  • Click on Submit and enter your new password
  • Once your log in has been reset, you will be able to log in and access the courses through the Online Courses tab

For all users who have already registered and would like to access the training again, their username will be their @uncg.edu email address. The email address that is registered with Epigeum will also be that same address. The password on the Epigeum system for these users was auto generated at SSO first access, so users can reset their passwords here: https://researchintegrity.epigeum.com/register/reset

Questions:

  • If you experience technical issues with the Epigeum RICA system, please email technical@epigeum.com.
  • If you have questions or concerns, contact the Office of Research Integrity at 336-256-1482 or ori@uncg.edu

**Please note, the Epigeum: Research Integrity Certification and Assessment (RICA) certificate cannot be used in place of CITI human subjects research training when submitting a human subjects research application to the IRB. The Epigeum RICA training meets the specific requirements of responsible conduct of research training as mandated by NIH and NSF, as well as other funding agencies. However, it does not meet the requirements for human subjects research training as required to meet the federalwide assurance and for submission to the UNCG IRB.

Additional Training Options and RCR Resources

Federal Regulations