Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Who Needs RCR Training

Certain people may be in more than one of these audience groups. 

1. 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) You'll automatically be assigned to the RCR - NSF and USDA track. Contact rcr@msu.edu if you believe you have been assigned in error. Copy your PI or department administrator in the email.

  • Track: RCR-NSF & USDA Grant

    RCR-NSF & USDA Grant

    You will be automatically assigned to this track based on a formula that considers your position at MSU and information from MSU Office of Sponsored Projects. While most faculty are not required to participate, both grad students and undergrads and some other support employees conducting research activities are required to complete the online training. 

    The training is provided by CITIPrograms.org. Begin by logging into CITI and adding the MSU Grad School RCR Program (which uses the exact same modules as the RCR-NSF & USDA Grant track). 

    Responsible Conduct of Research training is also required for NIH Grants.

    If you are a graduate student or a certain undergraduate research personnel assigned to the RCR-CITI track, you will be compliant with both tracks if you complete the initial 4 CITI modules. 

2. Graduate Students

The Grad School has developed guidelines effective Fall 2016 (MSU Grad School Chart.pdf) which includes both online and instructor-led components. 

  • Track: RCR-CITI

    This includes the 4 basic CITI Programs courses that The Grad School recommends for all graduate students at MSU. 

    These modules are not available in AbilityLMS. Instead login to CITI Programs.org and add the MSU Grad School RCR Program to get started. CITI completions are imported into Ability system once/week. 

    Many academic units use this track.The track can be self-assigned from your My Requirements tile, or auto-assigned based on your academic major code. The system sends a customized initial email and follow-up email reminders begining 10 months later.

    If you are also assigned to the RCR-NSF or USDA Grant track, you will be compliant with both tracks if you complete the initial 4 CITI modules. 

     

  • Track: RCR-ILT

    The track includes a list of options for instructor-led training that meets The Grad School standard of 6 hours minimum (1.5 hours for each of 4 events) for all graduate students. Hours can be completed through:  Grad School RCR Workshops - https://grad.msu.edu/rcr or unit-specific training which may or may not be tracked in Ability training compliance system.

    This track is optionally used by some academic programs, though not broadly used and may be discontinued. 

    More information is available for units who want to explore using Ability to track RCR training at Instructor-Led RCR Training

     

3. Some Undergraduate Students

Provost-funded undergrads and Honors College undergrads are required by MSU policy to complete RCR Training. The RCR-CITI track is auto-assigned to those identified by UCRA as needing training. Contact UCRA if you believe you have been assigned in error. For assistance with completing the CITI training, visit https://ora.msu.edu/train/citi.html.

  • Track: RCR-CITI

    This track is auto-assigned based on your academic major code. You will receive an email notification from train@ora.msu.edu

    These modules are not available in AbilityLMS. The training is provided by CITIPrograms.org. Begin by logging into CITI and adding the MSU Grad School RCR Program (which uses the exact same modules as the RCR-NSF & USDA Grant track). 

    If you are also assigned to the RCR-NSF or USDA Grant track, you will be compliant with both tracks if you complete the initial 4 CITI modules. 

     

See also RCR Completion Tracking and Report Options info.