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Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)

Arizona State University’s commitment to ethics training for researchers is demonstrated in part by the RCR training plans implemented in 2010. The National Science Foundation (NSF), in its implementation of the America COMPETES Act, mandates that we provide training for undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). ASU has a strong committment to the highest ethics in research and thus has chosen to implement these requirements regardless of sponsor.
Our RCR plans consist of three phases:
  • Phase 1: On-line training for undergraduates and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers
  • Phase 2: Seminars and Colloquia
  • Phase 3: Continuing Education led by principal investigators
Specifically ASU’s RCR plans require:
• Undergraduates supported on sponsored projects to complete a brief online RCR overview and to complete a short online quiz.
• Graduate students supported on sponsored projects need to complete an online RCR module geared toward their field of interest and complete an online quiz.
• Postdoctoral researchers are required to complete the online RCR module, complete the online quiz within 60 days, and attend a RCR workshop within their first year of appointment or document that they have completed an ASU catalog course covering the ethical components of RCR.
• Principal Investigators provide continuing education to staff working on their sponsored projects.
Individuals will receive emails based on payroll records reminding them to begin their online training. All online training is to be completed within 60 days of receipt of notification.
ORIA has scheduled a series of seminars for the current academic year that will qualify as Phase II RCR training; dates are included on the ORIA RCR site. As a Post Doc, you are only required to attend one workshop (seminar) if you are on a sponsored project. Attending regular workshops thereafter are optional, but encouraged.
For a list of Frequently Asked RCR Questions, please click here. For other questions, please contact ASU’s Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) at,

RCR Plans

ASU Institutional RCR Plan