Responsible Conduct of Research

Research at Northern Illinois University has traditionally and routinely been performed at a high level of quality and scholarly integrity.  In order to continue this tradition it is necessary faculty, staff, and students participate in continuous Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.

RCR is composed of the following topics:

  • Research Misconduct
  • Data Acquisition and Management
  • Responsible Authorship
  • Peer Review
  • Mentoring
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Collaborative Research

RCR is not only a requirement for researchers by NIU. Projects funded by NIH, NSF, and other federal agencies mandate RCR training. As part of this requirement, the institution is responsible for verifying that all appropriate individuals receive RCR training.  This training requirement can be satisfied through completion of the appropriate on-line RCR program hosted by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) (of which NIU is an affiliate), educational modules available through NIU's Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center, and discipline specific mentoring by the PI and lead investigators during the course of the grant. 

NIU will also offer in person training provided by the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity. Please check this site frequently for updated training schedules and topics.  

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