Responsible Conduct of Research

Case Western Reserve University expects researchers to maintain high standards of ethics and accountability in planning, conducting and reporting research. To this end, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) standards are set forth by state and federal regulations, institutional policies, professional codes of conduct and personal convictions.

CWRU expects all individuals engaged in research, including faculty, research staff, graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and fellows, and undergraduate students to have a clear understanding of all Responsible Conduct of Research topics. In addition, some funding mechanisms require specific training standards for groups of researchers.

The resources identified on this website are intended to help facilitate meaningful, discipline-specific education that promotes ethical conduct in research.

RCR Topic Areas

It is generally accepted that RCR training includes instruction on proper standards in the following areas:

  • Animal research
  • Collaborative research
  • Conflict of interests
  • Data management and security
  • Human subjects research
  • Mentor training and mentorship
  • Peer review
  • Research misconduct
  • Responsible authorship
  • Safe research environment

Additional topics of importance that should be considered include:

  • Rigor and reproducibility in research
  • Laboratory safety

CWRU Resources for RCR Training

Formal Classes 


Online Modules - Required for NSF-funded trainees, faculty, and senior personnel

External Resources for RCR Training

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