Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) involves shared responsibility for the responsible conduct of research among the institutional administration, the research oversight committees and the researchers. An effective RCR program includes comprehensive institutional policies and procedures for the conduct and review of research, coordination of all units (administrative offices, oversight committees, etc.) that impact the responsible conduct of research, systematic education programs in RCR and systematic quality assurance/quality improvement activities.

Responsible conduct of research (RCR) includes:

  • 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

The UNCG Office of Research Integrity (ORI) offers training 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.

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