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RCR Training

"Responsible Conduct of Research Frequently Asked Questions" on March 1, 2010.
All University of the Pacific students and postdoctoral researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training in response to America COMPETES Act, section 7009.

To access the training and complete this requirement please contact 

RCR Training is intended to help sensitize the university research community to the wide range of ethical and professional issues that must be considered to ensure a climate of research integrity.

Per H. R. 2272, section 7009 of the "America COMPETES Act," and the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (Grant Proposal Guide), RCR training is now required for all National Science Foundation (NSF) supported...

  • undergraduate students,
  • graduate students, and
  • post doctoral researchers.


  • Encourage best practices in the conduct of research and scientific investigations.
  • Foster an ability to recognize an ethical choice and the ability to make a principled decision.
  • Provide accessible educational opportunities and resources designed to help students and postdoctoral researchers meet the America COMPETES Act Responsible Conduct of Research training requirements

NSF vs. NIH RCR requirements
NSF RCR training requirements differ from NIH training requirements in that NSF requires that any student or postdoctoral researcher supported by NSF receive RCR training. NIH requires only those individuals receiving training grants to undergo RCR training.