It is the policy of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute that all Research Trainees (PhD postdoctoral fellows, MD-or DO-degreed physician fellows participating in a CHOP-sponsored subspecialty program and involved in any research activities, NIH-training and individual fellowship grant award recipients (T or F), and NSF-funded fellows) and NIH-Funded Early Career Investigators (K12 scholars, mentored K award recipients, senior fellows and career award recipients – F33, K02, K05, K24) complete formal and informal instruction in responsible conduct of research in compliance with federal regulations and institutional requirements.

  • Formal

    Formal RCR instruction includes the online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program in RCR and face-to-face RCR educational sessions 1 and 2 (eight contact hours). The online CITI RCR course is completed once. The face-to-face programs must be completed during each career stage (i.e., postdoctoral, physician fellow, K-Awardee faculty) at a minimum of once every four years.

    The RCR Formal courses are designed to be completed within a two-year timeframe. It is recommended that the online CITI RCR course be completed during the first year of the fellowship appointment or the career development award. RCR Session 1 and RCR Session 2 can be completed in any order during the first or second year.

    Online CITI RCR Course Access and Instructions. The online CITI RCR course, Responsible Conduct of Research for Postdocs, Fellows, Trainees, and NIH Early Career Investigators, can be accessed by going to Screen capture instructions are available to walk you through the course registration process by clicking here. If you already have a CITI account click here for Log In instructions.
  • NOTICE: During COVID-19 In-Person RCR Training Requirement is Relaxed

    This short-term modification applies to postdoctoral, physician, T32/F32 fellows, and K awardees who have a start date prior to 1/1/2021 and have not yet completed all of their in-person RCR training.

    Effective immediately and through December 31, 2021, the CHOP Research Institute will relax the in-person RCR component of the training and will accept completion of the online CITI RCR course, Responsible Conduct of Research for Postdocs, Fellows, Trainees, and NIH Early Career Investigators, as fulfillment of the institutional training requirement. CITI RCR must be completed within your current career stage or within the past 4 years.

    This is in compliance with the NIH Extension of COVID Flexibilities for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (NOT-OD-21-152). Additional guidance will be provided as this situation evolves.

    The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) will resume in-person RCR sessions when it is safe to do so and will be offering a new series of virtual research integrity sessions during 2021.

    For questions, contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Informal

    Informal RCR instruction is continuous learning about research integrity that occurs in the course of daily laboratory/research team interactions, mentored and peer discussions, and in other scholarly interactions throughout training experience. This may include lab meetings, journal clubs, self-study, seminars, or conferences. The Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs offers guidance and additional resources to support research faculty and trainees in the development of informal RCR educational experiences. Click here for additional strategies and a tracking form.


Responsible Conduct of Research Training Policy and Plan

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Policy

    Documents and clarifies the CHOP Research Institute's updated requirement for providing appropriate instruction, training, and oversight in RCR.

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Plan

    Describes the requirements, educational components and oversight designed to foster a culture of scientific integrity throughout the CHOP research community.

Click here to learn more about the CHOP RCR Training Policy and Plan.  (Active Directory Log-in required)

Federal Requirements

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Updated RCR Requirement

    Effective January 25, 2010, for competing applications and for all continuation (Type 5) applications with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011, the updated NIH policy provides more specific requirements for RCR education plans, including ongoing monitoring and reporting requirements.

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) RCR Requirement

    Effective January 4, 2010, the NSF requires that at the time of proposal submission, institution's must have a plan in place to provide "appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project."