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USI is committed to promoting integrity in the scholarly endeavors of our faculty, students, and professional staff involved in the pursuit of scientific inquiry and practice. The Office of Sponsored Projects and Research (OSPR) is responsible for encouraging all scholarly efforts while preserving compliance with both ethical and regulated matters.

While responsible and ethical research behavior is generally self-regulated based on shared ethical principles and generally accepted practices, the proposed federal requirement for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training for PHS-funded researchers and national attention to highly publicized cases of professional misconduct has elevated the importance of RCR education. To help promote quality research at USI, OSPR is maintaining this site dedicated to RCR training and education.


Responsible Conduct of Research training covers a variety of content areas, including:

  • conflict of interest – personal professional, and financial
  • policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices
  • mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
  • collaborative research including collaborations with industry
  • peer review
  • data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and ownership
  • research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
  • responsible authorship and publication
  • the scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research
  • whistleblowing