New NSF And NIH Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Guidelines

TitleNew NSF And NIH Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Guidelines
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMcCafferty, J, Cushman, R, Goodman, KW, Braunschweiger, P, Fiore, RN
JournalTeaching Ethics
Date Published2012
Publication Languageeng
AbstractFor many university compliance officers, the introduction of new guidelines on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) from the NIH and the NSF was another in a series of new regulatory boxes to check off on the compliance score card. Already juggling HIPAA, FDA, IACUC, IRB and COI, the federal mandates for RCR education and training represent another unfunded and time-consuming mandate that must be implemented throughout the organization. To that end, we have set out to create a cost-effective and efficient approach to delivering quality research ethics education that not only meets the federal standards, but, more significantly, integrates bona fide ethics education and responsible conduct across our entire research community. In what follows, we discuss the challenges that any research ethics program will encounter planning and organization, faculty engagement and development, program assessment, and institutional sustainability and describe the three-tier approach we developed.