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Responsible Conduct of Research Training

As of January 4, 2010, NSF requires that all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  Additionally, NIH National Research Service Award recipients (paid from both training grants and individual fellowships) and K awardees are also mandated to train in RCR.  If your department has forwarded to us your name, you are a researcher who is required to complete RCR training this year.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at NYU is organizing two sessions per semester of RCR training for the whole Washington Square Campus to discuss the topics of publication & authorship; and research misconduct & conflict of interest.  These sessions are intended to help researchers learn survival skills & ethics to build and advance their careers. 

To supplement these broad RCR training sessions, each department will be offering its researchers more focused, department-specific RCR training sessions.  Your department will contact you directly to notify you of their supplemental RCR program. 

In order to fulfill your RCR requirement, you must attend two of the four sessions offered by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research this academic year, as well your department’s supplemental RCR sessions.  If you are an undergraduate, you may bypass these trainings and work directly with your mentor to fulfill your requirement under the guidance of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.  If you attended RCR sessions last academic year but did not fulfill your requirement in May, then the sessions you attended will be counted toward this year’s requirement. 

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is offering Spring 2014 RCR sessions on the following dates:

Date:  Friday, April 25, 2014
  9:00AM - 11:00AM
  Kimmel Center, Room 909
Topic:   Research Misconduct/Conflict of Interest
Speakers: Terry Harrison, Professor of Anthropology

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014
  9:00AM - 11:00AM
Location:  The Global Center, Room 279 (238 Thompson St.)
Topic:  Panel Discussion on Publication & Authorship
Panelists:  Daniel Stein, NYU Professor of Physics and Mathematics, and Lisa Davidson, NYU Associate Professor of Linguistics

Please RSVP to and include your full name, NetID, email address, department and training dates you plan to attend.



Human Subjects Trainings

To register for Human Subjects Trainings, send an e-mail to and include the date and title of the seminar you wish to attend in the subject line of your e-mail.

Ethical Treatment of Humans as Research Subjects - can be used for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) credit.  For more information and training date(s), click here.


For more information on RCR, please visit our website:

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