Blended Diploma in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

This course is designed to train participants in the principles and practice of responsible conduct of research (RCR) and it meets the current NIH requirement for a medium-term RCR training.


Responsible Conduct of Research


3 months


The training will help participants to understand the latest concepts in RCR including research integrity, falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism. The course will provide participants with resource materials and knowledge of core RCR topics. Upon completion of the course, participants would have complied with the NIH requirement for at least 8 hours of face-to-face training in RCR.

Course Content

1. Philosophical foundations of Responsible Conduct of Research
2. Research Integrity
3. Plagiarism, data falsification and manipulation
4. Fabrication of data
5. Data sharing and management
6. Authorship and collaborative research
7. Institutional policies for handling research misconduct
8. Conflicts of Interest and scientific objectivity
9. Safe research environment that promotes inclusion and is free of sexual, tribal, religious, gender, disability, and other forms of discriminatory harassment.
10. Mentoring
11. Publication and Peer Review
12. Financial conflicts of interest, commitment, and conscience


This is a 3-month blended program in RCR with

• Online CITI Responsible Conduct of Research and Conflict of Interest courses hosted on the Center for Bioethics and Research (CBR) website.

• In-Person component consisting of lectures and mentoring meetings with faculty who would lead discussions on case studies to examine RCR issues and how to resolve them.

Suggested Audiences

• Lecturers
• Researchers
• Research Team Members
• Institutional leaders and
• Institutional Research Integrity Officers (RIO)

How to apply

Interested institutions should contact the Program Officer (RCR Training) at the CBR by e-mailing for more information. Complete the application form online here

Additional RCR opportunities at CBR

1. Let us help your institution set up its Research Integrity Office. Contact us at
2. Want more advanced RCR training, see our Online certificate courses and Masters Degree in RCR.