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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Certificate - Faculty/Scholars/Staff is a Course

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Certificate - Faculty/Scholars/Staff

Started Jun 11, 2021

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The mission of the Office of Research Education (REd) is to provide “comprehensive training and learning opportunities and resources for faculty, students and staff engaged in responsible conduct of research at the University of Utah.” The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) 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.

The REd “Responsible Conduct of Research Certificate – Faculty/Scholars/Staff” requires four (4) REd RCR foundation classes along with one (1) elective class for a total of eight (8) 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. Completion of this certificate ensures that you are trained in all 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. 


Advanced Consideration of the Criteria for IRB Approval of Research  (Links to an external site.)(synchronous/asynchronous)

Advanced Consideration of Reportable Events in Human Subject Research (Links to an external site.) (synchronous)

Conflict of Interest (COI) (asynchronous)

Collaborative Research and the Role of Scientist in Society (synchronous)

Foreign Influence - Heightened Awareness and Increased Activity (asynchronous)

Getting Published: Responsible Authorship and Peer Review - Faculty & Staff (asynchronous)

Informed Consent: Models and Requirements (Links to an external site.) (synchronous)

Laboratory Leadership and Staffing

Preparation for Investigator-Initiated Drug and Device Studies (Links to an external site.) (asynchronous)

Research Data Management and Sharing (Links to an external site.) (synchronous)

Understanding IRB Report Form Submissions in ERICA (Links to an external site.) (synchronous)

Recommended Resource Videos:

Research Administration Overview Videos (Links to an external site.)


How To Access REd Classes and Enrollment Details

You can access the classes at the University of Utah’s Research Education Research Administrator Portal (Links to an external site.)Principal Investigator (PI) - Faculty Portal (Links to an external site.)Scholar Portal (Links to an external site.), or REd Class Listings (Links to an external site.). 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 (differentiated from the live version with “REd Online”). 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 Online Classes. An official hardcopy of your certificate can be processed and delivered to a University address upon request. 

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