Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) (1.0)

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UC Core Competency

Job Mastery & Continuous Learning

Training Topic

Research Administration

Course Description

Under the America COMPETES Act, UCSB was required to put into place a plan for ensuring that a formal education program in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is provided to certain employees and students supported under NSF-funded research awards. UCSB implementation of this regulation requires that all individuals supported by NSF awards subject to this requirement must complete this electronic core course. The course, which is based upon the book On Being a Scientist by the National Academy of Sciences, was developed by a faculty committee at UCLA and generously shared with UCSB. Topics covered include advising and mentoring; protection of research subjects; treatment of data; mistakes and negligence; research misconduct; sharing of research results; suspected violation of professional standards; laboratory safety; authorship and the allocation of credit; intellectual property; competing interests, commitments and values; and the researcher in society. Illustrative scenarios and quizzes are incorporated into the course. It should take an average of 2 – 2 ½ hours to complete. FAQs about the Responsible Conduct of Research training can be found at:

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