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The Research Foundation of SUNY, Buffalo State College’s Policy on Government-Mandated Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) PDF Print E-mail

The Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of Buffalo State College is committed to maintaining high standards of ethical conduct in all aspects of its work, including research and education. Appropriate instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is an essential component of the professional development of our researchers at all career levels.

Effective January 4, 2010, any institution that receives National Science Foundation (NSF) funding must certify in its grant proposals that: “…it has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research.” The institutional official must certify that the institution has a plan for compliance with the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirement and will track who has been trained.

Effective January 25, 2010, all new and renewal applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research.  For an update on this NIH requirement for instruction in RCR, please visit

In order to meet this obligation, the Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of Buffalo State College has identified an online RCR training tutorial that shall, for the present time, serve as the College’s means of providing the requisite training.  The Research Foundation has entered into a partnership with the University of Miami’s Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  This program meets the policy requirements and consists of eleven elective modules, each focused on a different aspect of Responsible Conduct of Research.  The content of each module is developed by experts in the associated fields and there is a short quiz before moving to the next module.  The software also provides a grade book which shows the scores of each of the applicable quizzes, as well as the modules left to be completed.  To satisfy the training requirement, the affected person must register to take the web-based educational program.  The training tutorial is located at:

Elective Modules:

  • Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Research Misconduct
  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Peer Review
  • Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities
  • Animal Welfare
  • Conflicts of Interest and Commitment
  • Collaborative Research
  • Human Subjects
  • The CITI RCR Course Completion Page

In all cases where a federal grant to the Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of Buffalo State College includes an RCR training provision, affected persons shall be required to successfully complete the RCR training tutorial at the aforementioned URL prior to any involvement in the research.  The Research Foundation shares responsibility with its project directors/principal investigators for ensuring that all affected persons (e.g. undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers) of this policy and shall not permit participation by these individuals in the research prior to the successful completion of the tutorial.  Accordingly, no student or other affected person shall be paid from a grant (for which RCR regulations apply) for any period of time that pre-dates completion of the tutorial.

The NSF has recently published a Questions and Answers document regarding this policy  Questions related to the training with respect to Responsible Conduct of Research should be directed to Gina Game, Research Compliance Manager.  Gina can be reached at 716.878.6700 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 09:52