“The research environment is stressful and yet conducive to the remarkable productivity of researchers. The rewards for successful research are greater now than in the past, but today's rapid pace of development may undermine critical internal checks and balances and may increase opportunities for misrepresentation or distortion of research results. Thus the scientific community must organize to reinforce its standards and to ensure the responsible conduct of research.”Responsible Science, Volume I: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process. Panel on Scientific Responsibility and the Conduct of Research, 1992. p.79.
Responsible conduct of research (RCR) can be broadly defined as “the practice of scientific investigation with integrity.” (National Institutes of Health, 2009) It involves a commitment to personal responsibility in upholding established professional norms and ethical principles throughout the research process.
Ethical and responsible conduct of research is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science. The University of Oregon supports its research community in upholding the highest ethical and professional standards in carrying out its work, and imparting these standards to future generations of scientists and researchers through education and training.
Requirements for training in RCR have been issued by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), affecting all NSF awards and selected categories of NIH awards. RCR training typically includes topics such as data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership; conflict of interest and commitment; human subjects; animal welfare; research misconduct; publication practices and responsible authorship; mentor/trainee responsibilities; peer review; and, collaborative science.
Research Compliance Services works to assist faculty and departments with RCR training resource materials and to promote and support RCR education at UO. Please review our website regularly, as we will post additional RCR information and resources as they are available.