Who Requires Training in Responsible Conduct of Research?

CU Boulder encourages all faculty, staff, and trainees (i.e., undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral associates and postdoctoral fellows) involved in research to obtain instruction in RCR that is appropriate for their level of education, training, responsibility, and discipline.

Presently, the following research personnel are required to complete training in RCR:

  • Any student or postdoctoral fellow who is paid from a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant award. See NSF requirements
  • Trainees supported by specific awards (institutional training grants, educational grants, and research career development awards) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). See NIH requirements

If students or postdocs complete an online or classroom RCR course somewhere other than CU Boulder, they must submit a RCR Completion Form. Electronically sign and email it to the RCR Coordinator. Give a copy to your mentor/PI for the NIH- or NSF-funded award, and keep a copy for your records.


Flow chart for who has to take RCR


Registration instructions