Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

Some funding agencies, including the NSF and NIH, require certain members of the research team to receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). The requirements for many NIH research participants are met through participation in RCR courses offered by individual Tufts graduate programs, provided that the course covers all of the topics required by the funding agency. For individuals who are required to receive this training and are not eligible to participate in a program in their department or program, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) offers the following resources:

Online Training

This online training program meets the NSF requirements but does not meet the NIH requirement, which specifically states that online training alone is not sufficient. Click here to review the online training institutional instructions.

Please Note: Each individual is reminded to please keep a copy of his/her certificate of completion. Principal Investigators are required to retain a copy of education certificates for all research team members; these documents are subject to audit.

RCR Course

The OVPR is pleased to announce the first RCR training courses of 2016.  Enrollment is on a first come-first served basis.  While all trainees are encouraged to enroll, priority will be given to those who need this training as part of a grant requirement.

The Boston campus course will be held on four consecutive Thursday mornings, March 31st and April 7th, 14th and 21st from 9:30 am to noon, for a total of 10 hours of training.  Attendance at all four dates is required for certification of completion.  The course will be held in the OVPR conference room on the 9th floor of 75 Kneeland Street.

The Medford/Somerville campus course will be held on four consecutive Tuesday afternoons, March 29th and April 5th, 12th and 19th from 2:00 to 4:30 pm, for a total of 10 hours of training.  Attendance at all four dates is required for certification of completion.  The location for the course will be announced in the near future.

Please contact RCR@tufts.edu to request enrollment or for additional information.  The course syllabus will be provided in advance of the first course dates.

This course meets the requirements of both NSF and NIH RCR training. Funding agency requirements can be found at:

  • For NIH requirements, click here.
  • For NSF requirements, click here.
    • For NSF RCR FAQs, click here.