The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Grant Template Language provides a description of CHOP's formal RCR Training Program and suggestions for describing informal RCR instruction. It can be adapted for use in the following: Institutional Training Grants (e.g., T15, T32, D43, T90/R90, TL1), Institutional Career Development grants (e.g., K12, K30), Individual Fellowship (e.g., F32, F33) and Individual Career Development Award (e.g., K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K22, K23, K24) applications. This template language is not meant to replace individually tailored RCR education plans. Use and modify this information as appropriate for your specific application.

 All RCR training plans must include the following five instructional components: format, subject matter, faculty participation, duration of instruction, and frequency of instruction. The plan must discuss both formal and informal RCR instruction. These components are described in the NIH Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research NOT-OD-10-019 and are included in the template. Monitoring and tracking must also be addressed and are included in the template.


The items listed below are guidelines for tailoring the template language for your career stage, application type, and/or specific funding opportunity announcement:

  • Indicate any formal and informal RCR training you have completed and when you completed it.
  • Indicate your plans for completing formal RCR courses and for obtaining informal RCR education within your clinical or laboratory research team (e.g., lab meetings, one-on-one meetings) and/or by attending other research-ethics related education events.
  • Senior fellows and career award recipients (e.g., F33, K02, K05, and K24) may fulfill their RCR requirement by participating as RCR course instructors or discussion leaders. For more information, refer to The CHOP Research Institute RCR Program: Opportunities for Faculty Participation.
  • CHOP Research Institute Faculty are strongly encouraged to participate as instructors, presenters, and discussion leaders in both informal and formal RCR programs. Informal RCR education may occur as part of regular meetings of the research group. Faculty who participate as instructors in RCR training sessions should be included in the RCR education plan description. Information on faculty participation in CHOP RCR programs can be requested via email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Click here to view additional background information contained within the CHOP RCR Training Policy and Plan. (Active Directory Log-in required)



RCR Template Language

The CHOP Research Institute requires that all research trainees and career award recipients participate in formal and informal RCR instruction. This includes completing the online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) RCR training program and two, four hour face-to-face RCR workshop sessions. All nine topics listed in the NIH NOT-OD-10-019 are included in the training.

  • Click here to view the RCR Template Language that describes the formal RCR program.