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Responsible Conduct of Research

Research & Economic Development Integrity under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and in accordance with the America COMPETES Act, requires individuals submitting proposals or applications for federal funds to have training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), which is verified when faculty respond to the items in the Intent to Submit form.  Completion of this training will satisfy the broad requirements for RCR and should foster development of appropriate programming in this area.  


Tennessee Tech subscribes to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) as a means of providing training in RCR.  This training is applicable to the University's core mission of teaching and learning, and it is consistent with the University's commitment to the life-long learning of its students by providing a resource that fosters high standards of ethical conduct.

The courses taken depend on the participant's role in research.  The following are the available modules related to RCR:

Responsible Conduct in Research

Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research 
Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research 
Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research 
Responsible Conduct of Research for Administrators 
Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers 
Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research

Upon completion of the course, a Certificate of Completion will be generated. A copy should be submitted to Research & Economic Development via email at


On Being a Scientist:  A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research (free download)

See Official Policy on our Policies and Procedures page.

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