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Responsible Conduct of Research

NSF Training Requirement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires training and oversight in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs who are supported by NSF to conduct research.

To address this NSF requirement, DePaul maintains a Plan to Provide RCR Training & Oversight  and offers CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) as its source of RCR training materials. Visit the CITI website at

For access instructions to the CITI training, download the PDF .

NIH Training Requirement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training grant, career development award, research education grant, or dissertation research grant must receive instruction in RCR. For the complete text of the requirement, see NIH’s Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research.

To assist Principal Investigators in fulfilling this standard, the Office of Research Services (ORS) has developed the Guidelines on Meeting the NIH Requirement for RCR Instruction . Please contact ORS if you have any questions about these guidelines or need assistance with implementing them.​​​