Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Who Needs RCR Training

Investigators on a Federal Project

If working under a federal grant, that agency's requirements must also be met including NSF, or USDA-NIFA, NIH, or if conducting research involving animals or human subjects. (Agency requirements)

Graduate Students

The Grad School has developed guidelines effective Fall 2016 (MSU Grad School Chart.pdf).

Online TrainingCITI Programs - The Grad School recommends 4 initial and follow-up modules - The RCR-CITI track can be auto-assigned by major code (customized initial email, follow-up email reminders begin 10 months after). 

In-Person Instruction - The Grad School standard is 6 hours minimum (1.5 hours for each of 4 events) for all graduate students. Hours can be completed through:

 - Grad School RCR Workshops -
 - Unit-Specific Training - Instructor-Led RCR Training

See also RCR Completion Tracking and Report Options info.