Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Excerpt from Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Research Integrity (ORI) book "ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research" [PDF]:

  • Honesty: conveying information truthfully and honoring commitments,
  • Accuracy: reporting findings precisely and taking care to avoid errors,
  • Efficiency: using resources wisely and avoiding waste, and
  • Objectivity: letting the facts speak for themselves and avoiding improper bias.

Getting Started


UK CITI Access

Electronic Research Notebook

UK ERN (LabArchives)

Message from Lisa A. Cassis, Ph.D., Vice President for Research

Mandatory online training

To ensure a baseline knowledge of ethical research practices, UK is implementing mandatory web-based Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). 

The CITI RCR training course consists of 6 modules listed below. Additional modules are available through CITI, and we encourage you to voluntarily take modules that are appropriate for your research and creative mission. However, please note:  All active faculty, all faculty and staff listed on an Internal Approval Form (IAF) for sponsored projects and/or research protocols, employees paid on sponsored research, and all current graduate students at UK must complete the 6 modules of the basic RCR course and refresh the training yearly thereafter. 

The deadline for completion of the mandatory web-based CITI RCR training January 31, 2021. If you do not complete this training by the stated deadline, continued access to certain university systems and processes related to research will be suspended until RCR training is completed. This includes, but is not limited to, submission of IBC, IRB, and IACUC protocols and amendments; new award set-up; project amendment processing and access to certain internal funding programs.

Thank you for your dedication to the UK research mission.

About the CITI RCR Course

There is now only one course available. If you have taken an RCR course within the last year, all modules that you completed will show as completed and you will only need to complete the new module(s) and the Quiz associated with the module(s) to complete the 1 year requirement. The required modules are:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research Special Instructions;
  • Mentoring;
  • Peer Review;
  • Research Misconduct;
  • Conflicts of Interest;
  • Data Management; and
  • Reproducibility of Research Results.

Review of the required materials and completion of the quizzes will take about 30-35 minutes per topic. Courses do not have to be completed in one session. A minimum aggregate score of 80% is required to pass the RCR course. CITI allows you to retake the quizzes if you do not obtain the minimum score required to pass the course.