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. 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 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 course offered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research meets the requirements of both NSF and NIH RCR training. The course will be offered to anyone who needs the certification for their NIH or NSF grant funding. Preference will be given to those who need the course for funding requirements, but if there is space we will open the course to the general research community. Please contact for enrollment information.

Funding agency requirements can be found at:

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