University of Southern Indiana

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)


USI is committed to promoting integrity in the scholarly endeavors of our faculty, students, and professional staff involved in the pursuit of scientific inquiry and practice. The Office of Sponsored Projects and Research Administration (OSPRA) is responsible for encouraging all scholarly efforts while preserving compliance with both ethical and regulated matters.

While responsible and ethical research behavior is generally self-regulated based on shared ethical principles and generally accepted practices, the proposed federal requirement for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training for PHS-funded researchers and national attention to highly publicized cases of professional misconduct has elevated the importance of RCR education. To help promote quality research at USI, OSPRA is maintaining this site dedicated to RCR training and education.


Responsible Conduct of Research training covers a variety of content areas, including:

  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Conflict of Interest and Commitment
  • Human Subjects
  • Animal Welfare
  • Research Misconduct
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Mentor / Trainee Responsibilities
  • Peer Review
  • Collaborative Science
  • Whistleblowing

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