The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute is committed to fostering a research environment that promotes adherence to the highest ethical standards and best practices in conducting scientific research and scholarly activities. Learn more about how the responsible conduct of research applies to you and your role at CHOP.

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 RCR Training Requirement 

The RCR training requirement applies to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, physician fellows involved in research activities, NIH-training grant fellows (T32) and individual fellowship grant awardees (F32), NSF-funded fellows, mentored K awardees, K12 scholars, senior fellows and career award recipients (F33, K02, K05, K24). Faculty assure that both formal and informal RCR training is completed, contribute to the design of RCR sessions, and participate as course facilitators, discussion leaders, and speakers. 

RCR formal training is designed to be completed within two years from the beginning of the fellowship appointment or start date of a career development award. It is recommended that the online CITI RCR course be completed during the first year. In-person workshops, RCR Session 1 (4 hours) and RCR Session 2 (4 hours) can be completed in any order during the first or second year. K Awardees may complete the in-person component by serving as an RCR Instructor.

Year One

  • Online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) RCR education completed once during the fellowship

Year Two

  • Eight hours of face-to-face education (RCR Sessions 1 and 2) completed once during each career stage
  • Additional trainee-developed plan to complete Informal RCR Instruction in conjunction with faculty mentor

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RCR Sessions, Policy and Topic Resources………

  • Discover the difference between Formal and Informal RCR Instruction and meet with your mentor to discuss how to incorporate both into your research training experience.
  • Click here to learn more about Informal RCR Instruction.
  • Click here for upcoming RCR Session Dates and Registration Information.
  • Click here to view the CHOP RCR Training Policy and Plan for specific details. (Active Directory Log-in required)
  • Explore all of the RCR Topics on this site for educational materials and to identify CHOP Research Institute offices and contacts to answer your questions.

Especially for Faculty………

  • Check out the RCR Faculty Toolkit for quick access to federal RCR requirements, grant template language, session agendas, instructional strategies, tracking forms, and ideas for tailoring RCR for various trainee audiences.
  • Click here for quick access to Grant Template Language.
  • Click here to view agendas from our most recently completed RCR Sessions.
  • View Opportunities for Faculty Participation in RCR and sign up to participate as an RCR panelist, roundtable discussion leader, lecturer, or content developer/reviewer.