Responsible Conduct in Research Training (RCR)

On Behalf of Carol Cantrell, Senior Associate Vice President for Research Administration

Dear Researchers,

Responsible Conduct in Research training is a requirement for particular individuals paid on certain National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture research awards.  In the past this was tracked manually by a notification from SRS to our office.  Our office would then email the principal investigator of the research project  to ensure that required individuals take RCR training and provide training certificates to the Office of Research Administration. 

As discussed at TRAC, we’ve been working on a process to reduce the administrative burden on the PI.  This process has been automated through TrainTraq and the Collaborative Institution Training Initiative (CITI).  In this process, TrainTraq will send email notifications to individuals that are required to take the training, with a brief overview of what is Responsible Conduct in Research and instructions on how to utilize CITI to complete the training.  When the training is complete a certificate will be automatically sent to the Office of Research Administration and the training requirement will be marked as completed in TrainTraq.

If at any time you feel that a training assignment has been assigned in error or you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Amanda Reitmayer (  Again, this process has been revised to reduce the administrative burden on the PI. 

Best regards,

Carol J. Cantrell