EAST Program for STEM Students

Responsible Conduct of Research

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Responsible Conduct of Research Training

As a National Science Foundation-funded undergraduate researcher, all EAST Undergraduate Research Fellows and some Interns are required to participate in training on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).

Responsible Conduct of Research is defined as "the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research." (quoted from NIH Update on the Requirement for Instruction in RCR)

There are two components to RCR training: in-person and on-line. 

USM's Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO) provides periodic in-person training sessions and provides on-line RCR training through Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  The online module is accessed by going to:



  1. If this is your first CITI training course, you will have to register.
  2. Please select the University of Maine System as the Participating Institution.
  3. Select and complete the course entitled General RCR, Basic course.
  4. There are fifteen segments in the Basic Course, each followed by a short quiz, you can re-take the quizzes as many times as you like.
  5. Be sure to submit your results at the end, it will then generate a Completion Report with a reference number.
  6. Send EAST a copy of the Completion Report and keep a copy for your own records.

Completing the on-line training course requires approximately four hours.

Once you have completed RCR training, it is good for four years for any research project through the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health.

For futher information, visit the ORIO website at http://usm.maine.edu/orio and select “RCR Training” under Resources and “Responsible Conduct of Research” under Quick Links.