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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)


Nova Southeastern University (NSU) expects all NSU researchers to carry out their work according to the highest ethical and professional standards. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is a framework for imparting these standards, and a critical component of scholarly and career development. Our RCR training program supports researchers by promoting a culture of responsible research practices through targeted and intentional instruction.


RCR training is also a required component of certain federal agency grant awards. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, or dissertation research grant must receive RCR training, including professional and scientific employees receiving funding from these sources. Similarly, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires responsible conduct of research (RCR) training for all undergraduates, graduates, and post-doctoral fellows who conduct research supported by NSF funds. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) also requires education in RCR for program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in research projects supported by an NIFA award.


  • Scientific Integrity: Pitfalls of Hypothesis Driven Research
  • Biosafety and Environmental protection
  • Animal Welfare
  • Collaborative Research: Academic and Corporate
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Data Acquisition, Management, and Ownership
  • Human Subjects Research
  • Peer Review: Publication in Journals, Research Grant Application, Meeting Abstract
  • Responsible Publication and Authorship
  • Research Misconduct
  • Mentor/mentee Responsibilities and Relationships: Fighting Against PI’s Silent Pressure
  • Paraphrasing, Citation, Plagiarism, and Misrepresentation of Academic Title


Continued updates on newly scheduled RCR workshops will be posted to this page. Please check back for more information. To inquire about RCR workshops, email

Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 USC 1862o–1), as amended, requires that each institution that applies for financial assistance from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and other senior personnel supported by the proposed research project.  Such training must include mentor training and mentorship.  The requirements of Section 7009 will go into effect for new NSF proposals submitted or due on or after July 31, 2023.


Please find information on NSU's plan to meet the NSF's updated educational requirement for training and oversight in the responsible conduct of research here.

If you have any questions regarding Responsible Conduct of Research, please contact Janice Roldan,

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