Mass General HomeCenter for Faculty Development - A Resource for Faculty
Research Resources

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Training Program Overview

 

Partners Research Compliance Office
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
RCR Training Program
Research Navigator


Partners Research Compliance Office

The Partners Research Compliance Office supports the research mission of Partners and its affiliates by promoting adherence to research regulatory requirements and the development of ethical business practices throughout the Partners research community.
https://partnershealthcare-public.sharepoint.com/Pages/Partners-Research-Compliance-Office.aspx


back to top ^

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

It is the expectation of Partners HealthCare and its affiliated hospitals that all members of the PHS research community will perform their research in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards. Principal Investigators, as leaders of scientific projects, are responsible for the scientific integrity of work undertaken in their laboratories and for mentoring the investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and students who work on these projects. Educating staff, fellows, and students in research best practices is the foundation for discouraging scientific misconduct and promoting research integrity.

Responsible conduct of research (RCR) training is required of students, trainees, and investigators with career development awards who are supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds. New RCR standards were implemented by the NIH in January 2010.

As of January 4, 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires RCR training of undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with any NSF support.

https://partnershealthcare-public.sharepoint.com/Pages/Responsible-Conduct-of-Research-(RCR).aspx


back to top ^

RCR Training Program


The Partners RCR Program is required of all.

  • Trainees, postdoctoral fellows, students and career-development recipients under award mechanisms (e.g., T32, F32, K08) identified in the NIH notice dated November 24, 2009; and
  • NSF-supported students and postdoctoral fellows as identified in the Federal Register notice dated August 20, 2009.

Failure to complete the Partners program in accordance with the information contained on the RCR Training Program website may result in termination of support by the Partners hospital that has received the award.


The Partners program consists of three parts:

  • PHS Seminar offered two to three times per year alternating between the BWH and MGH campus.
  • On-line training through the CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative RCR Modules that can be accessed by any computer with an Internet connection.
  • Participation in no less than four lecture/discussion offerings identified as eligible for RCR credit.

The PHS seminar and CITI requirements must be completed within 12-months of the NIH or NSF appointment date or, if a direct award, e.g., an F or K award, as of the award effective date. The lecture component must be completed within 12 months of attendance at the PHS seminar.


RCR Attestation:
Upon completion of the program, trainees are required to submit an Attestation Form to the RCR mailbox to notify the Partners Research Compliance Office they have fulfilled the NIH requirement. Upon receipt of this form, Partners Research Compliance will send an email confirming completion of the Partners RCR Program. This email should be retained as documentation for the NIH if requested.

Visit the RCR Training Program website for the forms.


back to top ^

Research Navigator

The ​Research Navigator is an application designed to help employees manage and understand the research lifecycle.
http://navigator.partners.org/


RCR Training Plan Description for Grant Applications
PIs and DAs should use the appropriate template to explain Partners training plans for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Click here for a sample template provided by the Research Compliance Office through their Research Navigator. Template and other helpful resources are available in the Research Navigator.


back to top ^

Center for Faculty Development Office for Women's Careers Office for Research Career Development