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SMU Research

Responsible Conduct of Research

Researchers and students applying for external funding must complete Responsible Conduct of Research training in order to remain in compliance with SMU policy 10.1 and other rules and regulations. This training addresses topics including plagiarism, ethics, conflicts of interest, authorship, collaboration, peer review, and more. There are two modes of training available, depending on the researcher’s status: online and in-person.  Online training must be renewed every 3 years.

Completion of RCR training will be requested from all PIs when a Proposal Initiation and Approval Form (PIAF) is submitted to Sponsored Projects. If the project is selected for funding, the award will not be processed until the RCR training been completed.

Faculty, Staff, Undergraduate Students, and Non-Federally Funded Graduate Students

This training must be completed before submission of a grant proposal through ORGS. Responsible Conduct of Research training is offered via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program). It consists of 11 required modules, and should take 1 - 2 hours to complete. You may stop and resume the course at your convenience. To begin the training, you may either log in to your existing account or create a new account.

Once the course is assigned to your account, you will find it under one of these three titles, depending on your role: Research Faculty & Staff, Graduate Research Assistants, or Graduate Teaching Assistants.

For assistance with logging in to an existing account and adding the appropriate course(s), please refer to these instructions.

For assistance with creating a new account and registering for the appropriate course(s), please refer to these instructions.

Federally Funded Graduate Students

A Responsible Conduct of Research certificate-granting seminar will be offered each semester for incoming graduate students and graduate students still taking coursework. Graduate students must successfully complete the seminar in order to receive federal funds. 

Please check back soon for the Spring 2019 seminar dates and registration details.

Incoming graduate students must complete this requirement within their first semester at SMU, and successful completion of the RCR seminar is only required once while at SMU. 

We offer guidance for all compliance training. Please call or email Compliance Coordinator (8-4204) or schedule an appointment online.