Responsible Conduct for Research
The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program at Maine Medical Center is part of the educational and outreach activities of the Office for Research Compliance. Our goal is to develop and make available to the Maine Medical Center research community programs and materials that will increase the knowledge of and facilitate the practice of responsible research.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is defined as the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. It is the policy of Maine Medical Center that all students, post docs, laboratory personnel, and scientists who participate in any Research Programs and/or are receiving research funds or who participates in research activities funded by NIH or NSF, shall engage in a program of study in the Responsible Conduct of Research.
A RCR Project Plan must be submitted at the same time a NSF & NIH (if applicable) proposal is being submitted. The Plan must indicate the PI's decision for the required in-person's RCR training. The CITI (online) modules are required for all covered students.
This policy applies to all undergraduate students, graduate students, and post‐doctoral trainees performing research, whether as an employee or other trainee, on proposals submitted to NSF on or after January 4, 2010 and to all students funded by or performing research funded by NIH.
RCR Focus Areas
Congress passed Public Law 110-69, The America COMPETES Act on August 9, 2007. This law mandates that institutions receiving funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible conduct of research for students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdoctoral researchers who are supported by the NSF.
Effective January 4, 2010, MMC must certify on all proposals to the NSF that it has a plan to provide appropriate RCR training. To comply with this requirement, MMC is requiring that all students and post doctoral researchers paid by salary or stipend from a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored project must complete an approved RCR training program.
Generally, this training consists of nine focus areas: Data Acquisition and Management, Conflict of Interest and Commitment, Human Subject Research, Laboratory Animal Welfare, Research Misconduct, Publication Practices and Authorship, Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities, Peer Review, and Collaborative Science.