Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

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Northwest Labs - Room, B101
52 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA

RCR is a recommended course designed for any Harvard-affiliated individuals. Fulfilling the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Health (NIH) requirements for RCR instruction, the sessions utilize interactive presentations and engaging discussions with Harvard faculty and staff on a variety of research topics and practices.

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Available free of charge to any Harvard-affiliated individuals, RCR is a highly recommended “best practices” course for those desiring to deepen their knowledge of ethical research and responsible conduct.  It is also an excellent professional opportunity for anyone interested in furthering a career in research. The course uses pre-work and interactive discussions to examine basic ethical and regulatory requirements for conducting research. Topics covered include: research misconduct; responsible authorship and publication; mentor-mentee relationships; conflicts of interest; peer review; sponsored award management; intellectual property; data acquisition and management; ownership of data and biological samples; and research involving human and animal subjects.  Course requirements include attendance at all lectures, participation in class discussions, and completion of final assessment. A certificate will be issued to all participants upon successful course completion.

Responsible Conduct of Research is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Integrated Life Sciences, and Harvard Catalyst.

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