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Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR) Certificate - Faculty/Scholars/Staff

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The Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR) Certificate – Faculty/Scholars/Staff is designed for research or principal investigators, scholars, research coordinators, and study staff in all research settings. Participants will become familiar with best practices and proper procedures for conducting RCR, whether they are in health sciences, social and behavioral sciences, or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Participants will be able to articulate how federal and state regulations, professional standards and University policies underscore the need for RCR in the research enterprise.

This certificate requires four (4) REd RCR foundation classes along with one (1) elective class for a total of ten (10) contact hours to receive a certificate of completion. The class offerings can be found below. The majority of the classes need to be completed in-person to meet NIH and NSF training requirements; one class can be completed online. This requirement translates into three (3) in-person (synchronous) classes and two (2) online (asynchronous) classes. In addition, two (2) of the in-person classes need to be part of the required foundation classes. Completion of this certificate ensures that you are trained in the eight (8) subject matter areas that NIH and NSF include in their training requirements.

It typically takes two (2) semesters to complete this certificate since some classes are only offered twice a year rotating between in-person and online. As a result, it is critical that you plan your class schedule accordingly. Please note that each class credit is valid for eighteen (18) months and the entire RCR Certificate is valid for three (3) years upon completion. As a result, it is advised that you renew your RCR Certificate every three (3) years.


Recommended Resource Videos:

Research Administration Overview VideosLinks to an external site.


How To Access REd Classes and Enrollment Details

You can access The Office of Research Education classes through the Research Administrator PortalPrincipal Investigator (PI) - Faculty PortalScholar Portal, or REd Curriculum. If you click one of the classes it will take you to its page, with a description of the class, the instructors, and the links to the Canvas Catalog to register for the live or online version.

If you click the link to register for the Online class, it will automatically take you to the Canvas Catalog website, where you can enroll for the class. Please make sure to log in by using your uNID and password.

Once you have enrolled, Catalog will send you an email confirming your enrollment. You can then access the class you registered for by any of these three (3) options:

1. “Access Your Course” through that confirmation email,

2. You can visit your Student Dashboard (within Catalog) to begin the class,

3. Or you may access the class you registered for within your Canvas Dashboard (Canvas is where each class is hosted).

Please see the REd Instruction regarding more details on how to find, register for, and complete the Research Education Synchronous and Asynchronous classes. An official hardcopy of your certificate can be processed and delivered to a University address upon request. 


There are options for discipline specific research ethics courses. For more information, please contact REd at researcheducation@utah.edu. We are here to help “U”.

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