Responsible Conduct of Research Course (RCR)


Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 9:00am to 12:00pm


Science Center: Hall E

Cambridge In-Person Course

The in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course is open to all Harvard-affiliated individuals and offered in Cambridge two times a year-- January, and August. RCR is a highly recommended “best practices” course for those desiring to deepen their knowledge of ethical research and responsible conduct. It is also an excellent professional opportunity for anyone interested in furthering a career in research. This particular course is not mandatory. However, it does fulfill the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements for formal RCR instruction.

The course is eight hours long, with significant researcher facilitation and administrative support, and uses pre-work, discussions and case studies to examine basic ethical and regulatory requirements for conducting research.  Topics covered include research and professional conduct; responsible authorship and publication; mentor-mentee relationships; conflicts of interest; peer review; grant writing and budgeting; intellectual property; data acquisition and management; ownership of data and biological samples; and research involving human and animal subjects.  Course requirements include attendance at all lectures, participation in class discussions, and completion of pre-work and homework assignments. A certificate will be issued to all participants upon successful course completion.

For more information and to register for the next course, please see the RCR Class website.