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Responsible Conduct of Research

Santa Clara University is committed to the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). All students, staff, and faculty who conduct research are strongly encouraged to complete the on-line RCR training through Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and participate in RCR workshops offered through Santa Clara University's Office of Research Compliance and Integrity.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity offers extensive resources regarding RCR and a series of lab management video vignettes.

As of January 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires that all undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF funds to conduct research receive RCR training. More information regarding the NSF requirements and frequently asked questions.

Upon receipt of a NSF grant, principal investigators (PIs and co-PIs) must sign a statement indicating that they understand the NSF requirement and agree to conduct ad hoc one-on-one RCR mentoring for all NSF-supported students and postdocs.  In addition, to ensure student compliance with the NSF requirement, the Sponsored Projects Office will not process Student Employment Authorization (SEA) forms for positions funded from any NSF research grant with a deadline for submission on or after January 4, 2010 until the student has completed the online RCR training. The online training requires about two hours, and SPO is immediately notified when a person completes the training.

Ethics Training through CITI Ethics Point