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
  • All undergraduates performing paid research on CU Boulder campus should take the CITI RCR course.

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 it and email it to the RCR Coordinator. Be sure to give a copy to your mentor/PI for the NIH- or NSF-funded award, and keep a copy for your records.


Flow chart of who has to take RCR training


Registration instructions