What is Responsible Conduct of Research?

As of January 2010 major funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) began requiring investigators to provide training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) as part of their funding to all undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-docs and early career faculty.

RCR topics include:

  • conflict of interest and commitment;
  • ethical use of human and animal subjects in research;
  • authorship and publication;
  • data acquisition, management, ownership, sharing, and reproducibility;
  • peer review;
  • mentoring and mentee relationships;
  • research misconduct (plagiarism, fabrication, falsification) and whistleblower ethics;
  • collaborative research, including with industry; and,
  • scientists as responsible members of society.

For more information about RCR, please refer to the UNM Scientific Integrity Plan that is required by RCR regulation and is regularly updated.