Responsible Conduct of Research


The requirement to ensure Responsible Conduct of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (more commonly known as Responsible Conduct of Research or RCR) in  U.S. universities was included in the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (re-authorized in 2010). All Fisheries and Wildlife faculty are required to annually provide documentation that personnel taking part in MSU-based research under her/his direction have fulfilled the RCR training requirements (see below). 



This document provides background information on why all departmental personnel involved in research must complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.

Requirements for Graduate Students (starting Jan 2017 or later)

This document summarizes the RCR training requirements that must be met by all FW department graduate students, regardless of whether they are supported on research assistantships or not.  This applies to graduate students who began their programs in January 2017 or later. RCR Annual Training forms can be found here.

Requirements for all Research Staff (including Graduate Students starting before Jan 2017)

This document summarizes the RCR training requirements that must be met by all FW department personnel involved in research, with the exception of graduate students admitted January 2017 or later, who are covered under a separate set of requirements posted above. 

Graduate Students starting Jan 2017 or later: Special instructions for annual reporting

This document describes the approach graduate students should use to summarize their RCR training on an annual basis.  This only applies to graduate students who began their programs January 2017 or later.

Documenting your RCR training

This document is intended for all personnel involved in research who, as described in the “requirements” document, must document their RCR training.  This file contains the link to the Research Training Tracking System (RTTS), where RCR training will be documented.  This file also contains step-by-step directions on how to use/navigate through the RTTS.

Obtaining training records

This document is intended for all major professors/principal investigators. If you have problems accessing the system, entering your training information or accessing the information about your research personnel please contact Scott Loveridge. 

The following PDF's are part of a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training presentation provided to incoming graduate students:

  1. Responsible Conduct of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities
  2. Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership
  3. Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  4. Peer Review
  5. Conflict of Interest
  6. Collaboration
  7. Mentoring
  8. Misconduct


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