Responsible Conduct of Research

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) refers to the ethical and professional standards that guide individuals engaged in research activities. It encompasses a set of principles, guidelines, and practices aimed at ensuring the integrity, honesty, transparency, and accountability of research endeavors. RCR is essential for upholding the trust of the public, maintaining the credibility of research findings, and promoting the advancement of knowledge.

What is RCR training?

RCR training represents a wide range of topics in which you as a graduate student -- conducting research or carrying out your responsibilities as a research assistant or teaching assistant -- might encounter.  Topics range from data collection to authorship, from animal care to use human subjects, and from promoting academic integrity in the classroom to mentoring relationships with faculty. RCR training is designed to educate researchers, scholars, and students about the ethical principles, regulatory requirements, and professional standards that govern research conduct.

Missouri S&T is a subscriber to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program, which includes Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training in various academic disciplines. Successful completion of the curriculum allows the Office of Sponsored Programs to certify your training status to meet fund agency requirements. Additional information regarding RCR training can be found at