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Responsible Conduct of Research Program

The university strongly believes that ethical research practices require mentoring relationships based on integrity. Our Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program supports researchers by promoting a culture of responsible research practices through targeted and intentional instruction. Additionally, federal regulations require researchers supported by external funding agencies to complete RCR training. In order to promote a culture of responsible and ethical research, the RCR program offers a three-part policy applicable to all externally funded projects regardless of funding source. The three distinct parts of the poilcy are: (1) completing one RCR training course through CITI; (2) attending at least one in-person RCR lecture/workshop; and (3) face-to-face RCR discussions led by the faculty investigator for the project. See below for specific information and resources regarding each part of the RCR policy.

IIT Program on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Part One

All researchers supported by an externally funded project, regardless of funding source, must complete one RCR training course through CITI. Completion is required within 60 days from the date in which the researcher receives initial payment from the funding source. CITI offers several RCR modules targeted for specific areas within the research community.

Researchers may select any RCR course available in CITI. The list of available courses include: Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research, Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research, Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research, Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research, Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers, Responsible Conduct of Research for Administrators.

Instructions for establishing an account are included below this policy.

part two

Illinois Tech offers ethical research lectures and workshops on various RCR topics. All researchers receiving funding from external sources must attend at least one in-person lecture or workshop within 12 calendar months from the date in which the researcher receives initial payment from the funding source. Check the Upcoming Lectures and Workshops section below for upcoming lectures and workshops.

Upcoming Lectures and Workshops

Register for upcoming lectures and workshops by clicking the hyperlinked text below. Registration is required to receive credit for attending a lecture or workshop.

Lecture/Workshop Information Date Time
Research Practices Instruction Series - Galvin Library See registration form 4:30pm
Dr. Michael Lauer (via Skype): Roles and Responsibilities for Promoting Research Integrity April 27, 2020 9:30a.m.
Faculty RCR Panel TBD: Spring 2020 TBD

Part Three (Faculty investigators only)

In order to promote responsible and ethical research practices, faculty who serve as Principal Investigators (PI's) must be proactive in promoting positive mentoring relationships. The PI must conduct at least one face-to-face RCR discussion session within 12 calendar months of accepting an externally funded researcher. The PI for the project team may hold a formal RCR instruction session, or may conduct informal RCR instruction as topics arise during the natural course of research activities. Documentation of RCR instruction activies are submitted to the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance.

Faculty Investigator Resources: click here for RCR instructional resources

CITI Registration Information

New CITI Registrants

If you do not have an account with CITI, follow these steps to establish one affiliated with the university:

  1. Access the myIIT portal and enter your login credentials. After logging in, click on the Research tab.
  2. Locate the CITI Training channel in the middle column of the Research tab. Click on Access CITI Training Courses. You will be directed to a new window.
  3. Enter your myIIT credentials again and click the Login button.
  4. Agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Select an information release consent duration and click the Accept button to continue.
  5. Select ”I don't have a CITI Program account and I need to create one.”
  6. Click on the Create A New CITI Program Account button. Your account will be created.
  7. Click on the View Courses button under the Institutional Courses- Illinois Institute of Technology section. Select Add a Course to add CITI training courses to your account.
  8. Question 3 allows you to select which RCR training course pertains to your research. Select one of the available courses to add RCR training to your profile.
  9. Select appropriate responses for all additional questions that pertain to your research. When finished, select Complete Registration.

Once you have established an account, you may complete the RCR training course selected in Question 3. Retain a copy of your completion record upon successful completion of each course.

Returning CITI Registrants

If you already have an account, follow the steps below to complete RCR training:

  1. Access the myIIT portal and enter your login credentials. After logging in, click on the Research tab.
  2. Locate the CITI Training channel in the middle column of the Research tab. Click on Access CITI Training Courses. You will be directed to a new window.
  3. Enter your myIIT credentials again and click the Login button.
  4. If you have already added one of the available RCR training courses to your profile, select the course from the list and complete all of the modules. If you do not have any RCR training courses listed, click Add a Course under "My Learner Tools for Illinois Institute of Technology." Select one of the available RCR training course under Question 3, then click Submit. Then, select the course from Illinois Institute of Technology Courses and complete all of the modules.

Retain a copy of your completion record upon successful completion of each course.

Previous Training

If RCR training was completed at another institution, please send a PDF of the training certificate to oric@iit.edu to determine whether it meets RCR requirements.

RCR Resources

Students and faculty may reference the resources below to craft RCR instruction to their specific research goals.