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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is pleased to provide guidance to the WSU community on the Responsible Conduct of Research. We will continue to make improvements to this page and seek your input as to the contents. For additional information or to make suggestions for additions, please contact Ellen Reinsch Friese, Assistant Vice President for Research, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, ext. 2709.

WSU Institutional Plan for RCR

"Introduction to RCR" Workshop Presentation

Research Misconduct Presentation"Research Misconduct" Workshop Presentation

NSF Guidance WSU Wright Way Policy no. 2101
NIH Guidance


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (link to NSF site, updated 8/16/10) CITICITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative)


Core Elements of Responsible Conduct of Research:

  • Introduction to RCR
  • Authorship and Publication
  • Collaborative Research
  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Conflict of Interest and Commitment
  • Mentoring/trainee responsibilities
  • Research Misconduct and Policies
  • Peer Review
  • As required by the nature of the project:
    • Protection of Human Subjects
    • Welfare of Laboratory Animals
    • Safe Laboratory Practices

Responsibilities of the PI:

  • Identify individuals (undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers) who require training and contact Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP);
  • Verify that individual workers have been trained in accordance with funding agency guidelines;
  • Notify RSP when training is complete;
  • If the PI wishes to serve as a mentor, s/he must also complete RCR training.

Responsibilities of RSP:

  • Provide training opportunities and inform the University community of those events;
  • Catalog qualifying University courses;
  • Maintain database of individuals trained on RCR;
  • Provide certificates of completed training;
  • Serve as liaison with other universities seeking verification of WSU employee training;
  • Provide subcontractors with flowdown language addressing RCR requirements;
  • Communicate with federal agencies;
  • Monitor compliance on campus.

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