Learn about the range of topics covered in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training and key information about the CHOP RCR Policy and Training Plan.


As defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in NOT-OD-10-019, "responsible conduct of research is the practices of scientific investigation with integrity." The CHOP RCR program promotes ethical research practices based on regulatory standards and professional guidelines.

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program promotes ethical research practices based on regulatory standards and professional guidelines. RCR covers a range of topics including: Conflict of Interest; Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership; Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship; Peer Review; Collaborative Science; Research Involving Human Subjects; Research Involving Animal Subjects; Research Misconduct; Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities; Laboratory Safety, Researcher and Society; and Intellectual Property.

Effective since July 1, 2010, the CHOP RCR Policy and Plan provides institutional guidance for appropriate instruction, training, and oversight in RCR. The policy requires all new research trainees and early career investigators, regardless of funding source, to complete formal and informal instruction in the responsible conduct of research. Copies of the RCR Training Policy and Plan may be requested from the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The policy and plan are in compliance with the federal RCR training requirements implemented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Regardless of the funding source, all new Research Trainees (PhD postdoctoral fellows, physician fellows (MD, DO) conducting research, NIH-training and individual fellowship grant awardees (T or F), NSF-funded fellows, mentored K awardees and K12 scholars) at Children's Hospital are required to complete formal and informal instruction in the responsible conduct of research.