Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) signifies social and ethical responsibility in all aspects of research. It involves honest work, accuracy and protection of research subjects, both for the good of society and to promote public trust. The RCR training program is designed to provide a basic understanding of responsible conduct of research that will fulfill ethics training requirements of the NSF. This procedure outlines the training plan for employee or student researchers at El Camino College.
All El Camino College students and employees who receive a salary or stipend to conduct research on grants supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are required to complete a no-cost training course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This training must be completed before the start of any research conducted as part of an NSF grant awarded to El Camino College. Training is optional for faculty conducting research or coordinating El Camino student researchers, and for students conducting research that is not related to an NSF grant.
Training module content will be dependent on the type and scope of research for a particular grant. The training may include one or more of the following topics:
Training modules include an assessment component, with a notice of certification provided upon the successful completion of the assigned modules. Researchers must recertify every five years.
El Camino has signed on with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program to provide these training modules. New Learners click here for instructions. For further assistance with accessing the CITI training, please email Liliana Islas.