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Science Culture and Accountability Plan and Responsible Conduct of Research

The Aging Center developed a Science Culture and Accountability Plan (SCAP) to lay out its vision and mechanisms to ensure that research can be conducted in an environment that encourages open and critical discussion, ongoing dialogue and communication between investigators, and accountability, self-motivation, and self-responsibility.

We invite you to download and review our SCAP and welcome any feedback you may have.  For feedback and suggestions, please contact either Dr. Cohen or Jurgen Wanke.

Responsible Conduct of Research

RCR training refers to a code of conduct that researchers practice on a daily basis.  Based on an NIH and DHHS Office of Research Integrity initiative, all SOM faculty and staff engaged in the design, conduct or reporting of research are required to complete RCR training by June 30, 2018.

Topics of training include

  • Research misconduct
  • Reproducibility in research
  • Mentorship/training
  • Authorship/writing
  • Data management/best practices in daily research activities

Please note that SOM faculty conducting their research through the Aging Center will complete their training through their home departments.

The School of Medicine Faculty and Staff Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program aims to build a stronger foundation in research integrity and requires all faculty and staff engaged in research to complete RCR training by June 30, 2018.  Visit the SOM RCR Site.

Meeting the Training Requirement

There are three options (announcements will follow for meeting the RCR Training requirement):

1. Online CITI RCR Training Modules (download CITI Access Guide)

This training is available now and the time commitment is 1.5 to 3 hours and can be completed in multiple sessions.

Basic (required for ALL)
Intro to RCR
Collaborative Research
Conflicts of Interest
Data Management
Financial Responsibility
Peer Review
Research Misconduct
Electives (required to complete 2)
Using Animals in Research
Export Controls and National Security
Research, Ethics & Society
Environmental & Social Dimensions in Engineering
Research Involving Research Subjects


2. In-Person On-Site Training (download training flyer)

The time commitment is 2 – 2.5 hours and training sessions are offered monthly through May 2018. Current sessions (more to be added) are as follows:

Date Time Location
Feb 23 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Trent Semans Great Hall
Mar 14 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. Trent Semans Great Hall
  • Workshop content
    • Why science is and must be a moral enterprise
    • Misconduct and Questionable Research Practices
    • Promoting transparency and good practices in Project Management and Data Dissemination
    • Break-out Sessions to discuss cases, generate questions for panel
    • Panel discussion of select questions from Break-out sessions


3. Competency or Recent Training

This is a one-time electronic exam via LMS that requires a high passing score.Alternatively, LMS-documented completion of recent RCR coursework or training within the last two years may count. The LEADER course and SOM New Faculty Orientation research integrity/RCR sessions satisfy the training requirement.