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Research Ethics: RCR Program

The objective of the Responsible Conduct of Research program is to provide graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, staff and NSF funded undergraduate students with information, training, and tools to address the increasingly complex issues that they will confront during their careers. The RCR program may be used to satisfy NIH and NSF training grant requirements for responsible and ethical conduct of research training programs. The Research Compliance & Integrity unit provides administrative support to the RCR Program.


View Schedule: 2020-2021 RCR Program Schedule

Course Descriptions:2020-2021 RCR Course Descriptions

Note: Due to COVID-19 all courses will be via Zoom

Registration Instructions (2-step process):

Step 1: Click on the links below to register for each of the courses in LMS. Alternatively, you can log into, click on “Find a Course,” then search for “RCR” to find all of the RCR courses listed above.

Step 2: Once registered in LMS, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to register for the Zoom meeting.

RCR Courses 2020/2021:

Research Ethics Course Layout

The 60-minute lecture-discussion sessions are offered during the academic year at both the Davis and Sacramento campuses. Sessions consist of a face-to-face lecture by a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer period. However, due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 session will be held via Zoom only. These sessions are taught and facilitated by members of the faculty and administration with particular knowledge and expertise of the specific RCR topics.

Participants who attend eight sessions will receive a certificate of completion for the Responsible Conduct of Research program.

Frequency of Instruction

Reflection on responsible conduct of research should recur throughout a scientist’s career: at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, predoctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty levels.  Instruction must be undertaken at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than once every four years. It is highly encouraged that initial instruction during predoctoral training occurs as early as possible in graduate school. Individuals at the early career investigator level (including mentored K awardees and K12 scholars) must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research at least once during this career stage. Senior fellows and career award recipients (including F33, K02, K05, and K24 awardees) may fulfill the requirement for instruction in responsible conduct of research by participating as lecturers and discussion leaders. To meet the above requirements, instruction in responsible conduct of research may take place, in appropriate circumstances, in a year when the trainee, fellow or career award recipient is not actually supported by an NIH grant.

Research Ethics Resources


For RCR program questions, please contact Research Compliance & Integrity Unit (RCI) at

For registration assistance and/or issuance of your RCR certificate, please contact Staff Development and Professional Services (SDPS) at