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Responsible Conduct of Research Spring_2022

Responsible Conduct of Research SP_2022

CMU RCR Program

CMU Office of Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) is here to support research at Carnegie Mellon University and work with researchers to ensure that research is conducted in accordance with federal and state regulations.  We strive to foster compliance without impeding the process of research.

Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Carnegie Mellon University is committed to maintaining the integrity fundamental to research activities through the responsible and ethical conduct of its faculty, staff, and students.  The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a widely accepted set of ethical principles and professional standards for conducting research in the university community.

CMU is dedicated to the highest quality education for all students and scholars, and RCR instruction is essential to producing the best scientists and researchers for the future. To further this commitment, CMU provides a variety of Responsible Conduct of Research seminars as listed in the RCR core elements below.  RCR applies to all fields of research, and attendance is encouraged from all academic and research units.  For more information on the RCR topics or a list of upcoming events check out the informational sections on the left.

Carnegie Mellon University promotes the responsible conduct of research through high standards of ethics and accountability in planning, conducting and reporting research.   The responsible conduct of research is demonstrated through behavior that meets generally accepted standards.  These standards are set forth by state and federal regulations, institutional policies, professional codes of conduct and personal convictions.   The building blocks of responsible conduct of research include*:

  • Honesty - conveying information truthfully and honoring commitments,
  • Accuracy- reporting findings precisely and taking care to avoid errors,
  • Efficiency- using resources wisely and avoiding waste, and
  • Objectivity- letting the facts speak for themselves and avoiding improper bias

Modules covered in the training

Training Schedule 


Day Time (EST) Duration Topic Instructor
April 1, 2022 12:00 - 12:30 30 min Introduction Neelam Bharti
  12:30 - 1:45 75 min Data acquisition (OSP+CTTEC);
Collaborative research
Mike Romac & Cindy Chepanoske; Hannah Gunderman + Neelam Bharti;
  1:50 - 2:00 10 min Break  
  2:00 - 2:45 45 min Data management +DEI (Libraries) Hannah
  2:45 - 3:30 45 min Conflict of Interest (ORIC) Stacey Becker & Sebastian Scherer
  3:30 - 3:45 15 min Break  
  3:45 - 4:30 45 min Research Security (ORIC) Cathy O'Domes & Heather Bragg
  4:30 - 5:30 60 min Mentor/Mentee + DEI (faculty) Elizabeth Dickey
April 4th, 2022 12:00 - 12:45 45 min Human Participants (IRB) Jen Koehrsen
  12:45 - 1:30 45 min Animal Subjects (IACUC) + Lab safety (EHS) Tony Noone & Andrew Lawson
  1:30 - 1:45 15 min Break  
  1:45 - 2:45 60 min Responsible Authorship (faculty) Alison Barth
  2:45 - 3:30 45 min Peer review (faculty) Neelam Bharti
  3:30 - 3:45 15 min Break  
  3:45 - 4:35 50 min Scientist in Society +DEI (faculty) Taya Cohen
  4:35 - 5:35 60 min Research Misconduct (ORIC) Stacey Becker & Heather Bragg

RCR and Administration

Administrators and the Responsible Conduct of Research

by Boston College

Administrators and the Responsible Conduct of Research