The RCR is a three-day course offered free of charge on August 14, 16 and 18 to any Harvard-affiliated individual. This “best practices” course targets those looking to gain a deeper understanding of ethical research/responsible conduct and also serves as a professional opportunity for anyone interested in furthering a career in research. Non-mandatory, it also fulfills the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health requirements for formal Responsible Conduct of Research instruction.
Pre-work and interactive discussions are used to examine basic ethical and regulatory requirements for conducting research. Topics covered: research and professional conduct; responsible authorship and publication; mentor-mentee relationships; conflicts of interest; peer review; grant writing and budgeting; intellectual property; data acquisition and management; ownership of data and biological samples; and research involving human and animal subjects. RCR Course requirements include attendance at all lectures, participation in class discussions, and completion of final assessment. A certificate will be issued to all participants upon successful completion.
Responsible Conduct of Research is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Integrated Life Sciences, and Harvard Catalyst. For more information, visit the RCR Website