Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Brief History of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) at UD

  • NIH mandates that all predoctoral training grants such as our CBI program include training on the responsible conduct of research.
  • Motivated in part by the desire to obtain training grants like CBI and similar training grants, the University developed a course, “Practice of Science” to meet these requirements
  • In 2009 we revised our “RCR” plan to address several concerns:
    –Students disliked taking a reading intensive course during an already intensive first semester
    –Students did not have sufficient opportunities to engage discussion groups.
    –Curriculum should be more practical.
    –Faculty should be involved in presentation and discussions

Our New RCR Plan

  • RCR concepts will be reviewed during orientation. Click here for a pdf of slides or this orientation.
  • The University holds an all day RCR training session for all NSF and NIH funded students.
  • An RCR workshop series will be held four times a year.
    –Involve discussion of case studies
    –compliance records (attendance) must be maintained.
    –Cover ORI designated RCR topics.

Our RCR Topics
1) Authorship and Ownership
2) The Sanctity of Data (Fabrication and Falsification)
3) Data Sharing
4) Peer Review
5) Conflicts of Interest
6) Whistle-Blowing: Benefits and Risks
7) Mentor-Trainee Responsibilities
8) Collaborative Science.

Our RCR Scheduled Sessions
Fall 2009, Publication and Authorship (Koh)
Winter 2010, The Sanctity of Data (Simmons)
Summer 2010; Peer Review (Hanson)
Fall 2011, Conflict of Interest (Fox)
Spring 2011, Collaborative Science (Roberts)
Summer 2011, Whistle Blowing; Benefits and Risks (Koh)
Fall 2011, Data Sharing (Green)
Winter 2012, Mentor-Mentee Responsibilities (M. Duncan)
Spring 2012, The Lab – Avoiding Research Misconduct (Grimes)
Summer 2012, Communication and Difficult Situations (Bahnson)
Fall 2012, Reviewing, Citations and Responsibility (Thorpe)
Winter 2013, Collaborative Science (Zhuang)
Spring 2013, Publications and Authorship (Sullivan)
Summer 2013, Peer Review (Boyd)
Fall 2013, Mentoring (Bahnson)
Winter 2014, The Sanctity of Data (Antoniewicz)
Spring 2014, Industrial Research Collaborations and Funding (Lenhoff)
Summer 2014, Mentor-Mentee Responsibilities and Relationships (Bahnson)
Fall 2014, Conflict of Interest (Green)
Winter 2015, Data Sharing (Hanson)
Spring 2015, Quality of Life for Grad Students (Grimes)
Summer 2015, Research and Data Integrity While Working in a Laboratory (Zhuang)
Fall 2015, Mentoring (W. Chen)
Winter 2016, The Sanctity of Data (Bahnson)
Spring 2016, Authorship and Peer Review (Rozovsky)
Summer 2016, Collaborative Science (Bahnson)
Fall 2016, Lab Culture: Relationships between PIs and Students (student led by Schaefer, DeMeester and Gebreselassie)
Winter 2017, Data Integrity and Scientific Misconduct (Bahnson)
Spring 2017, Ethics of Communicating with your Advisor (M. Duncan)
Summer 2017, CBI Program Visioning (Bahnson, Leimkuhler Grimes)
Fall 2017, Inclusion in Science (Booksh)
Winter 2018, Ethics in Research (Lachke)
Spring 2018, Failure in Research (student led – Ott, Chen and McDonald)

Fall 2018, Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes, Inclusive Leadership and Mentorship

Fall 2018, Jason Gleghorn, Authorship, Ownership, and Mentoring


Where do you go to report Scientific Misconduct?

Every University and College has resources and administrators to contact. The University of Delaware has a UD Research Office [] with links to several resources:

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