Responsible Conduct of Research refers to:
a. Practicing integrity in every aspect of research and in accordance with the core values and professional norms of individual disciplines and those agreed upon by the research community, and
b. A collection of training topics that are suggested or required by various federal funding agencies and which typically include:
"The integrity of knowledge that emerges from research is based on individual and collective adherence to core values of objectivity, honesty, openness, accountability, fairness, and stewardship."
—National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Fostering Integrity in Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
"The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RECR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. RECR involves not only a responsibility to generate and disseminate knowledge with rigor and integrity, but also a responsibility to:
Consequently, education in RECR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers."
—NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide, Chapter IX – Grantee Standards, June 1, 2020