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Research Integrity & Education

Responsible Conduct of Research


The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program at University of Denver has been designed to meet the requirements outlined in Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act, which mandates training in the responsible conduct of research.

As a recipient of National Science Foundation (NSF) funding or National Institutes of Health (NIH), DU's must make available programs and materials that will increase the knowledge of and facilitate the practice of responsible research. This effort is undertaken in cooperation with other offices at DU, including the Office of Sponsored Programs.

What is Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)?

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has identified nine core instructional areas that are important for the responsible conduct of research.

  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing, and Ownership
  • Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Peer Review
  • Collaborative Science
  • Human Subjects
  • Animal Welfare
  • Research Misconduct
  • Conflict of Interest and Commitment

Access to On-Line Training:

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) (

Reference Material:

How To: Responsible Conduct of Research