The following core principles have been established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) based on key concepts and best practices that have evolved over the past two decades.
- Responsible conduct of research is an essential component of research training.
- Active involvement in the issues of responsible conduct of research should occur throughout a researcher’s career and instruction should therefore be appropriate to the career stage of the individuals receiving training.
- Individuals supported by individual funding opportunities such as fellowships and career development awards are encouraged to assume individual and personal responsibility for their instruction in responsible conduct of research.
- UO research faculty should participate in instruction in responsible conduct of research in ways that allow them to serve as effective role models for their trainees, fellows, and scholars.
- Instruction should include face-to-face discussions by course participants and faculty; i.e., on-line instruction may be a component of instruction in responsible conduct of research but is not sufficient to meet the NIH requirement for such instruction, except in special or unusual circumstances.