RCR FAQs

Why am I being asked to do this?

To affirm our commitment to responsible conduct of research, UK is now requiring that everyone who is eligible to conduct research complete the CITI RCR course. The CITI RCR training consists of six modules and one instructional module. This requirement is in addition to any other RCR training that you may have taken to date.

I'm having difficulties accessing or taking the CITI RCR course. What should I do?

If you are unsure how to create an account or find the course, please see our Getting Started FAQs [HTML].

If you are having difficulties logging in to CITI through the single sign on portal, please contact the ITS Help Desk at (859) 218-HELP (4357) or 218help@uky.edu.

If you are having issues taking the CITI RCR course or wish to request an accommodation, please contact Jennifer Hill at (859) 257-2978 or jen.hill@uky.edu.

I logged in to CITI but don't see RCR listed in my course dashboard. What do I need to do?

You will need to assign the RCR course to yourself. Please see our Getting Started FAQs [HTML]: Enrolling in the RCR course for step-by-step instructions.

I'm not currently involved in any research activities. Do I need to take the CITI RCR course?

If you are employed as research eligible faculty, staff, or students, you are required to take the CITI RCR course.

How long does it take to do the training?

There are six course modules and one instructional module. Review of the required materials and completion of quizzes in each of the six course modules will take approximately 30-35 minutes. You do not have to complete all modules in one session. A minimum score of 80% is required to pass the RCR course. CITI allows you to retake the quizzes if you do not get the minimum score required to pass the course.

I completed the CITI RCR training at my former institution. Do I need to do it again?

If you have completed the CITI RCR course within the last year at a previous institution, you can transfer your completed modules from another institution to UK. Please see our FAQ on affiliating your previous account with UK [HTML], then follow step-by-step instructions on enrolling in the UK RCR course [HTML]. When you start the course, you will see a start button next to any modules that you need to complete for credit at UK. Once the new modules have been completed and you have an overall passing score of 80% or more, your training will automatically update in our database. 

What if I completed the RCR course in the last year, before it was changed to one basic course? Do I need to complete it again?

Yes, the course has changed to only include 7 modules. If you have completed the course within the last year, you will need to follow the instructions to enroll in the new Basic Course and complete the 2 new modules and associated quiz in order to get credit for RCR completion.

  • Responsible Conduct of Research Special Instructions (instructions on completing the other 6 modules, only takes a minute but must be done)
  • Reproducibility (not in previous versions of RCR courses)

You will not need to take the course again until the certificate expires in a year. A refresher course will be available at that time. 

The only active button is the "Responsible Conduct of Research Special Instructions" button. How do I start the "Reproducibility" module?

In order to activate the start button for the "Reproducibility" module, you must complete the "Responsible Conduct of Research Special Instructions" module first. This will only take a minute as this module only contains instructions on completing the course modules.

Do I need to submit proof that I've completed the CITI RCR course?

No, you do not have to provide a completion certificate unless required by your college, professor, or department/unit. The CITI system keeps track of all completion data and UK accesses completion data directly from CITI.

I am currently funded on an NIH training grant, NSF grant, or NIFA grant and have already taken the CITI RCR training. Do I need to do it again?

If you have completed CITI RCR training in the last year under a discipline (e.g., Engineering, Physical Science, etc.), please follow step-by-step instructions on enrolling in the UK RCR (Basic) course [HTML]. When you start the course, you will see a start button next to any modules that you need to complete for credit at UK. Once the new modules have been completed and you have an overall passing score of 80% or more, your training will automatically update in our database. 

I have done another RCR training but not the CITI RCR course (e.g., a course offered by my program). Do I still have to complete the CITI RCR course?

Yes, we are asking that everyone who is eligible to conduct research at UK complete the CITI RCR course in addition to any other RCR training you may have completed.

I was recently notified that I need to complete the CITI Good Clinical Practices (GCP) course. Is this the same thing as the RCR course? Do I have to do both?

The CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) courses are distinct courses and may be required by sponsors or funding agencies. While some of the material is similar to the CITI RCR course, it does not replace the requirement to take the CITI RCR course. If you have received notice from a sponsor or funding agency that you need to complete a CITI Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course, you will need to complete both courses. Formal GCP training for clinical investigators is not currently required by the university.

I was recently notified that I need to complete the CITI Human Subjects Research course. Is this the same thing as the RCR course?

The CITI Human Subjects Protection courses are distinct courses and is required of all investigators and key personnel who participate in the design, conduct, and/or reporting of human subjects research. While some of the material is similar to the CITI RCR course, it does not replace the requirement to take the CITI RCR course. If you have received notice from the Office of Research Integrity or the Principal Investigator/Study Coordinator that you need to complete the CITI Human Subjects Protection course, you will need to complete both courses.

What are the NIH requirements regarding instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research?

All trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grant, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, or dissertation research grant must receive instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). See NIH RCR Update [HTML] and the specific program announcement for additional information.

What are the NSF requirements regarding instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires the University to certify that it has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who receive NSF support to conduct research. Specific instructions are found in Chapter IV.B. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) of the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide [PDF].

For questions regarding the NSF requirements for RCR Training, contact OSPA: Emily Bradford, emily.bradford@uky.edu, 859-257-9420.

What are the NIFA requirements regarding instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research?

In response to 2 CFR Part 422 [PDF], the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requires institutions that conduct USDA-funded extramural research to foster an atmosphere conducive to research integrity, bear primary responsibility for prevention and detection of research misconduct, and maintain and effectively communicate and train their staff regarding policies and procedures.  See USDA Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research [HTML] for more information.

For questions regarding the NIFA requirements for RCR Training, contact OSPA: Emily Bradford, emily.bradford@uky.edu, 859-257-9420.

Once I leave the University of Kentucky (UK), how long do I have to transfer my CITI records to my CITI account under my new institution?

If you are no longer found within the University of Kentucky system, your CITI account will be unaffiliated from UK one year past your latest course expiration date. Once unaffiliated from UK, you may contact support@citiprogram.org for access to your records, if needed.