RCR training is a cooperative undertaking supported by academic institutions around the world and promoted at OSU by the Office of Research Integrity, the Office for Sponsored Research and Award Administration, the Graduate School, and the Office of Undergraduate Education

Training efforts should demonstrate a commitment to fostering a research environment that facilitates and supports research integrity. The resources linked here are intended to support researchers and instructors in those endeavors.  With the exception of NSF's requirements for mentor training, there are no specific curricular requirements for RCR instruction. However, according to NIH, the training topics below have been incorporated into most acceptable RCR plans. 

When training is completed to satisfy the requirements of a funding agency, documentation of those efforts and the completion of that training must be maintained by the investigator and made available to the Research Office and relevant funding agencies upon request. 

Sample Training Log    Editable Training Log

RCR Courses and Contacts

Log in to citiprogram.org and affiliate with OSU. If you have an OSU affiliation (faculty, staff, or student), you must use your OSU email address for the primary and institutional addresses in the CITI registration. Employees must use first.last@oregonstate.edu and students must use their ONID email address.

The RCR course will satisfy the requirements set forth by NSF and USDA/NIFA but not NIH.

Responsible conduct of research course offered by the OSU Graduate School. Training topics include:

  1. Ethical decision making
  2. Human subjects
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Data acquisition, sharing, and ownership
  5. Research misconduct
  6. Conflicts of interest
  7. Authorship
  8. Peer review
  9. Mentor/trainee responsibilities
  10. Collaborative science

Useful for all students who conduct scholarly activities. Completion will satisfy the RCR requirements set forth by NSF, USDA/NIFA, and the NIH.

The Entering Mentoring training is an evidence-based, interactive approach to becoming an effective mentor. The OSU Graduate School offers this training to all OSU faculty who serve as mentors to graduate students, honors college students and postdoctoral scholars.

Course Description: "Acquire a multitude of skills to launch and maintain productive extramurally funded careers as research scientists. Explore the ethical practices, data sharing approaches, and compliance requirements needed to conduct research. Examine the ethical use of human subjects and animals in research. Explore the changing landscape of intellectual property and commercialization policies for scientists. Introduces communication strategies for effective interactions with scientific peers, the general public and research sponsors. Equivalent to: MCB 557"

NIH-funded trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars with applicable NIH funding are required to participate in discussion-based instruction that includes substantive face-to-face interaction among participants and faculty. The training offered by OHSU's Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) fulfills this requirement through four 2-hour seminars, typically offered in February and March. OCTRI offers this training at no cost to OSU researchers with applicable grants.

Contact Melissa Mudd at OHSU for more information. 

Applicable NIH awards: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R any other NIH-funded programs supporting research training, career development, or research education that require instruction in responsible conduct of research as stated in the relevant funding opportunity announcements.

Creating and Sustaining Respectful Work Environments,” is an OSU course for all supervisors of graduate assistants and graduate assistants that launched on October 10, 2023.

While not specific to research environments, this course focuses on our shared commitment for all university community members to promote a respectful work environment free of bullying or harassing behaviors, whether in traditional workspaces or out in the field. Participants will also acquire knowledge and skills for preventing, intervening, and reporting bullying or harassing behaviors occurring in the work environment. A helpful list of university and community resources will be provided for participants to support OSU’s commitment to creating and sustaining respectful work environments for all employees.

The training is available through Canvas. If you are a Graduate Assistant or you supervise Graduate Assistants and are unable to access this course, contact Kris Galago, Compliance Coordinator, in University Human Resources.

RCR Training Content and Resources by Topic

Review of core values, identification of best practices, and approaches to reducing detrimental practices. [Book]
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. Fostering Integrity in Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/21896
Review of ethical foundations, discussion of personal and professional issues that researchers encounter. Intended for graduate students and early career scientists. [Book, Video]
National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2009. On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/12192
Short case studies covering a variety of research integrity topics.
Office of Research Integrity
Resources categorized by areas of the research lifecycle and by discipline.
Columbia University
Short videos involving a fictional case study covering multiple areas of research integrity.
Office of Research Integrity
Discussion, cases, and questions on a variety of topics. [Book]
Shamoo, A., Resnik, D. Responsible Conduct of Research. 4th ed., Oxford University Press, 2022
Case study with script to be performed and discussed
Kenneth D. Pimple
Essay includes simple list of decision points in chronological order
Kenneth D. Pimple
"Collaboration is a key skill in academia, but nobody is ever taught how to do it effectively. Martyna Sliwa gives advice on how to work well with others."
Martyna Śliwa, Durham University
On conflicts between collaborating scientists, provides questions to prompt discussion.
Howard Gadlin, NIH Ombudsman, and Kevin Jessar, NIH Associate Ombudsman
failure of a reviewer to disclose a COI
Mike Lauer, NIH case study
Mike Lauer, NIH case study
"Indigenous groups are developing data storage technology that gives users privacy and control."
Rina Diane Caballar, 2023
Case of PhD student who wants to take her lab notebooks with her when she graduates
Kenneth D. Pimple and MJ Beabeau
Describes baseline requirements for retention of, and access to, data and other records of research.
OSU policy
Learning tool (guidance, cases, quizzes) with best practices for image processing. Includes videos.
Curated resources related to data acquisition, analysis, collection, accuracy, security, confidentiality, management, sharing, access, and ownership
OSU Program for Responsible Research Practices
1-minute video
Office of Research Integrity
Links to relevant legislation, regulations, guidance, federal offices, training resources, and APA-specific resources.
American Psychological Association
1-minute video
Office of Research Integrity
Revelo, R.A., and Loui, M.C., 2016,“A Developmental Model of Research Mentoring,” College Teaching
Idalis Villanueva Alarcon (2022), Ethical Practices and Tips for Improving Engineering
Faculty-Student Research Relationships, IEEE
Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan
Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan
Videos and guidebook
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Curated resources
Compiled by Kelly Laas, made available through the Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science
Villaneuva, I., Di Stefano, M., Gelles, L., Osoria, P.V., & Benson, S. (2019), A race re-imagined, Contemporary Educational Psychology, 59, 101786
Five units, covering communication, resilience, inclusivity, conflict and feedback, and trainee wellbeing. Webinar recordings.
NIH Workshops and Trainings for Extramural Faculty
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Masters KS, Kreeger PK (2017) Ten simple rules for developing a mentor–mentee expectations document. PLoS Comput Biol 13(9): e1005709.
Pressure to write reviewer critiques
Mike Lauer, NIH case study
PI contacts reviewer
Mike Lauer, NIH case study
Failure of a reviewer to disclose a COI
Mike Lauer, NIH case study
Integrity in peer review
Mike Lauer, NIH case study
Breach of review integrity
Mike Lauer, NIH case study
Mike Lauer, Stephanie Constant, and Amy Wernimont from NIH
10-minute video introduction to IP
Stan Muller, CrashCourse
Guide includes industry and university perspectives, basic principles, and suggestions.
University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP)
1-minute video
Office of Research Integrity
1-minute video
Office of Research Integrity
Office of Research Integrity
Office of Research Integrity
“The report outlines actions that top leaders and gatekeepers in STEMM organizations, such as presidents and chief executive officers, can take to foster a culture and climate of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion that is genuinely accessible and supportive to all.”
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and EducationBoard on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory SciencesCommittee on Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Organizations; Gilda A. Barabino, Susan T. Fiske, Layne A. Scherer, and Emily A. Vargas, Editors
Bellman, S., Burgstahler, S., & Chudler, E. H. (2018). Broadening Participation by Including More Individuals With Disabilities in STEM: Promising Practices from an Engineering Research Center. American Behavioral Scientist, 62(5), 645–656. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764218768864
“…innovative and practical measures to increase diverse and inclusive representation in the clinical research enterprise.” Includes guidance, resources, and case studies. Website, .pdfs, webinars.
The Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard
See Reference section for resources in some additional disciplines
Cooper KM, Auerbach AJJ, Bader JD, Beadles-Bohling AS, Brashears JA, Cline E, Eddy SL, Elliott DB, Farley E, Fuselier L, Heinz HM, Irving M, Josek T, Lane AK, Lo SM, Maloy J, Nugent M, Offerdahl E, Palacios-Moreno J, Ramos J, Reid JW, Sparks RA, Waring AL, Wilton M, Gormally C, Brownell SE. Fourteen Recommendations to Create a More Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ+ Individuals in Academic Biology. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2020 Sep;19(3):es6. doi: 10.1187/cbe.20-04-0062. PMID: 32663116; PMCID: PMC8711824.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Poitra, C., Kolonich, A., Mitchell, A. E., Proctor, E., Shirley, A., Baier, A.& LaPensée, E. (2021). Reciprocal Research: A Guidebook to Centering Community in Partnerships with Indigenous Nations. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Native American Institute.
Includes examples for field sites, facilities, ships, and conferences.
Compiled by NSF
Consensus Report exploring, “the influence of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce.” 
Contributor(s): National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Policy and Global AffairsCommittee on Women in Science, Engineering, and MedicineCommittee on the Impacts of Sexual Harassment in Academia; Paula A. Johnson, Sheila E. Widnall, and Frazier F. Benya, Editors
Chaudhary VB, Berhe AA (2020) Ten simple rules for building an antiracist lab. PLoS Comput Biol 16(10): e1008210. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1008210
Ruedas-Gracia N, Botham CM, Moore AR, Peña C (2022) Ten simple rules for creating a sense of belonging in your research group. PLoS Comput Biol 18(12): e1010688. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1010688
Peña C, Ruedas-Gracia N, Cohen JR, Tran N, Stratton MB (2022) Ten simple rules for successfully supporting first-generation/low-income (FLI) students in STEM. PLoS Comput Biol 18(10): e1010499. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1010499
Includes a guide for new researchers under “How do I…?”, as well as specific information for particular areas of lab safety (ie., chemical, biological, radiation, etc.), so that learners can review areas most relevant to them.
OSU Environmental Health and Safety
Online case studies topics include: research priorities, fiscal responsibilities, public service, public education, advocacy, environmental impact, and forbidden knowledge
Office of Research Integrity
Bird SJ. Socially responsible science is more than "good science". J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2014 Dec 15;15(2):169-72. doi: 10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.870. PMID: 25574272; PMCID: PMC4278471.
Zivony A, Kardosh R, Timmins L, Reggev N (2023) Ten simple rules for socially responsible science. PLoS Comput Biol 19(3): e1010954. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1010954
American Meteorological Society
Higgins, P.A.T., Chan, K.M.A., and Porder, S. 2006. Bridge over a philosophical divide. Evidence & Policy. 2(2):251-257.
ARRIVE guidelines Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments
Guidelines and checklists for reporting of in vivo experiments in animal studies. Per NOT-OD-23-057, NIH encourages use of the ARRIVE Essential 10 Checklist in all publications reporting on the results of NIH-supported vertebrate animal and cephalopod research.
Percie du Sert N, Hurst V, Ahluwalia A, Alam S, Avey MT, Baker M, Browne WJ, Clark A, Cuthill IC, Dirnagl U, Emerson M, Garner P, Holgate ST, Howells DW, Karp NA, Lazic SE, Lidster K, MacCallum CJ, Macleod M, Pearl EJ, Petersen O, Rawle F, Peynolds P, Rooney K, Sena ES, Silberberg SD, Steckler T and Wurbel H (2020). The ARRIVE guidelines 2.0: updated guidelines for reporting animal research. PLoS Biol. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000410
Relevant legislation, regulations, policies, guidance, and APA-specific resources.
American Psychological Association

If you would like to make an anonymous report related to any violation of ethical standards or institutional policies, we encourage you to use the Accountability & Integrity Hotline: EthicsPoint