Learn whether you need to complete the RCR training requirement, how informal RCR training is defined and if you need to recertify.


The RCR training requirement applies to all new research trainees and early career investigators with a start or appointment date of July 1, 2010 or after, regardless of funding source. Research trainees include postdoctoral fellows, physician fellows involved in research activities, NIH-training and individual fellowship grant awardees (T or F), and NSF-funded fellows. Early career investigators include mentored K awardees, K12 scholars, and senior fellows and career award recipients (F33, K02, K05, K24).

 

Informal RCR instruction is continuous learning (i.e., mentored and peer discussions) that occurs in the course of daily laboratory interactions and in other scholarly interactions throughout the research training experience. It may also include lectures or seminars on RCR topics.

Research trainees and early career investigators are responsible for developing informal RCR education plans in conjunction with their faculty mentor and maintaining individual records (i.e., certificates) that document training completion. PIs are responsible for monitoring, tracking and reporting (in accordance with federal regulations) completion of informal RCR education.

Check out these resources for additional Informal RCR Instruction Strategies and an RCR Tracking Form.

The required RCR training that is outlined in the RCR Training Plan is completed once during each career stage (i.e., postdoctoral, physician fellow, early career investigator), and at a frequency of no less than once every four years. Email reminders will be sent from the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs if recertification is necessary.

All new research trainees and early career investigators are required to complete formal (online, face-to-face) and informal RCR instruction within two years of their fellowship appointment or the start date of their career development award as described below.

Year One

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

Year Two

  • Eight hours of face-to-face education (RCR Sessions 1 and 2) completed once during each career stage (i.e., trainee, early career investigator)
  • Additional trainee-developed plan to complete informal RCR instruction in conjunction with faculty mentor

 

No. The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is a separate federal and institutional requirement for all CHOP research trainees and early career investigators. RCR Training is completed in addition to any other role-specific research training (i.e., Human Subjects Protections, Laboratory Safety, HIPAA for Basic/Laboratory Researchers) you are required to take.

To fulfill the RCR training requirement, you must complete the online CITI RCR course, participate in eight hours of face-to-face education (RCR Sessions 1 and 2), and develop an individual plan to obtain informal RCR instruction in conjunction with a faculty mentor.

As a continuing NIH-funded T32 research trainee, you will need to complete the "Year Two" requirements. This includes:

  • Eight hours of face-to-face education (RCR Sessions 1 and 2) completed once during each career stage (i.e., trainee, early career investigator)
  • Additional trainee-developed plan to complete informal RCR instruction in conjunction with faculty mentor

If you are a physician fellow and involved in a research project (i.e., observational, interventional, clinical trial) at anytime during your fellowship training at CHOP, you would need to complete the RCR requirement.