Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR):

Training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and rigorous and reproducible (R&R) experimental design are integrated across the CBI training didactic.  A key component of the CBI RCR/R&R programs is the CBI quarterly workshop series. Workshops explore different facets of the practice of research. Lead by CBI faculty trainers, these workshops include engaged discussions with peer and faculty mentors who share their own disciplinary and cultural perspectives in a friendly forum that respects the voices of all. 

Attendance is taken and required for all CBI trainees.

The goals of RCR education and training are to:

  • Develop, foster, and maintain a culture of integrity in science;
  • discourage and prevent unethical conduct;
  • empower researchers to hold themselves and others accountable to high ethical standards;
  • increase knowledge of, and sensitivity to, ethical issues surrounding the conduct of research by researchers with diverse backgrounds;
  • improve the ability to make responsible choices when faced with ethical dilemmas involving research;
  • provide an appreciation for the range of accepted scientific practices for conducting research;
  • inform scientists and research trainees about the regulations, policies, statutes, and guidelines that govern the conduct of U.S. Public Health Service-funded research and promote compliance with the same; and,
  • promote a career-long positive attitude toward research ethics and the responsible conduct of research.

The subject matter of RCR training and education includes:

  • research misconduct and questionable research practices;
  • data management – i.e., data acquisition, record-keeping, retention, ownership, analysis, interpretation, and sharing;
  • scientific rigor and reproducibility;
  • responsible authorship and publication;
  • peer review;
  • conflicts of interest in research;
  • mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships;
  • collaborative science;
  • civility issues in research environments, including but not limited to, harassment, bullying, and inappropriate behavior;
  • policies regarding laboratory safety, biosafety, and human and animal research subjects;
  • views about scientists as responsible members of society;
  • social and environmental impacts of research; and,
  • contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research.

For upcoming events on RCR’s, view our schedule.


  • RCR concepts will be reviewed during 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.

CBI RCR  Sessions:

November 29th, 2023: CBI Fellows, Celeste DiGennaro, Miranda Roland; Responsibilities of Students and PI’s

September 20th, 2023: Cathy Fromen, PhD; Integrity of Data

March 15th, 2023: Lori Mihalich-Levin, JD, The GME Group, PLLC, Mindful Return, CEO; Time Management Strategies

February 1, 2023: Dr. Rob Swanda; SciComm: Engaging & Educating Audiences

November 30, 2022: Jessica Tanis; Image Analysis and Figure Preparation

September 7, 2022: Aditya Kunjapur; Manuscript preparation guidelines

April 27, 2022: Dawn Fallick; Communicating with the Media

March 2, 2022: Catherine Grimes; Professionalism 

December 1, 2021: CBI  Fellows Megan Dang and Erica Green; Data Reproducibility & Misinterpretation  

September 1, 2021: E. Terry Papoutsakis; Authorship and Ownership 

April 21, 2021: CBI Fellows, Kimberly Wadzanowski, Brielle Hayward-Piatkovskyi, Christine Rourke, Katie Nelson; Fellowship Opportunities and Writing an Effective F31 Proposal 

January 13, 2021: Karl Schmitz; Peer Review and Related Conflict of Interest Issues

Older RCRs include:
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: Salil Lachke; Ethics in ResearchFall 2018: CatherineGrimes; Inclusive Leadership and Mentorship
Winter 2018: Salil Lachke; Ethics in ResearchFall 2018: CatherineGrimes; Inclusive Leadership and Mentorship
Spring 2018: CBI Fellows Ott, Chen and McDonald; Failure in Research
Fall 2019: Xinqiao Jia; Collaborative Research
Spring 2019: Jason Gleghorn; Authorship, Ownership, and Mentoring
December 2, 2020: Mary Watson and Emily Day; Lab Notebooks
August 19, 2020: Matthew Butchbach; Manuscript Writing and Evaluation
Spring 2020: CBI Fellows (Jodi Kraus, Allyson Dang, Ophelia Ukaegbu); Distant Learning During COVID-19
Winter 2020: Catherine Grimes; Individual Development Plans

 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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