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Last Updated: January 2020

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:

RCR Course

The OVPR offers RCR training courses. 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. This course meets the requirements of both NSF and NIH RCR training.

Upcoming Course Dates

There are four sessions over the course of four weeks (one session per week); each session is for 2 ½ hours (with a short break in between). Attendance to all four sessions totaling 10 hours is required for certification.

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.

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


Online Training

This online training program only fulfills specific grant requirements. Please see additional information provided below.

  • For online training institutional instructions, click here.
  • Funding agency requirements can be found below:
    • For NIH requirements, click here.
    • For NSF requirements, click here.
    • For NSF RCR FAQs, click here.