RCR Training: Online

Training in responsible conduct of research (RCR) is a requirement for all incoming graduate students pursuing research degrees, as well as for students/postdocs/trainees being paid on specific NIH, NSF, and USDA-NIFA research awards. Below, you can find detailed instructions about requirements for your particular award, access the online training program, and get answers to common questions about fulfilling training requirements.

Who is required to complete RCR training?

Online training on RCR is required for:

  • all incoming graduate students pursuing research degrees;
  • undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdocs who are paid to conduct research on an NSF or USDA-NIFA award; and
  • trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars supported by specific NIH training awards, career development awards, research education grants, or dissertation research grants.

For more information about the specific awards that require RCR training, visit Do RCR Requirements Apply to My Award?

All incoming graduate students pursuing research degrees must take online RCR training before the end of their second semester. These students are required to complete the “Short, Foundational course” on RCR, which covers authorship, peer review, and research misconduct (plagiarism, data falsification, and data fabrication).

To take the Short, Foundational course on RCR, please click here

For more information on RCR requirements for incoming graduate students, please see the Cornell Graduate School website.

If you are required to complete training on RCR because you are supported on a NSF, NIH, or USDA-NIFA grant, the Short Course does not meet the requirements of your sponsor, and you will need to take the Full Course on RCR. For more information, please see below.

All trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars who are supported by any NIH training award, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, or dissertation research grant must take online RCR training within 60 days of being named on that grant. The training required covers a number of RCR-related topics, and is called “Full Course” in RCR. A passing grade is 80% or higher. If an individual does not complete the training by the deadline, they may not be paid on that grant.

To take the Full Course on RCR, please click here.

For more information about the specific NIH awards that require RCR training, visit Do RCR Requirements Apply to My Award?

For NIH training awards, online training alone is not sufficient to meet RCR requirements. For information about supplemental training activities, visit NIH Training Grant Applications: RCR Templates and Samples, or contact your Training Grant Director.

If you are required to complete training on RCR because you are supported on a NSF, NIH, or USDA-NIFA grant, you must take the “Full Course” on RCR. The “Short, Foundation Course” does not meet the requirements of your sponsor.

 


 

 

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who receive salaries or stipends to conduct research on an NSF or USDA-NIFA award must take RCR training within 60 days of being named on that grant. The training required covers a number of RCR-related topics, and is called “Full Course” in RCR. A passing grade is 80% or higher. If an individual does not complete the training by the deadline, they may not be paid on that grant.

To take the Full Course on RCR, please click here

For more information about the specific NSF and USDA-NIFA awards that require RCR training, visit Do RCR Requirements Apply to My Award?

If you are required to complete training on RCR because you are supported on a NSF, NIH, or USDA-NIFA grant, then you should make sure that you take the “Full Course” on RCR. The “Short, Foundation Course” does not meet the requirements of your sponsor.


I need some help using the CITI Training Program

Cornell uses an online training program called CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) to provide some courses in research ethics, including the online RCR trainings. Here you can find instructions for some things you may need to do in CITI.

  1. Click here to use your Cornell NetID and password to reach the CITI website.
  2. Once on the CITI homepage, click on “View courses.”

A picture of the view courses button on the CITI website.

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on “Add a course.”

Learner tools for Cornell University with add a course circled to show user what to click

  1. Find the course you need to take:

For incoming graduate students pursuing research degrees, choose Question 2 (RCR-Short)

Question 2 on the CITI site is displayed highlighting that for incoming graduate students must take the RCR short course

 

For trainees who are paid on an NSF or USDA-NIFA award; and trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars supported by certain NIH grants, choose Question 3 (RCR-Full):

Question 3 RCR full course which researchers funded by NSF, NIH, or USDA NIFA awards must take

If you are still unsure about which course you should take, please see the “Who has to take RCR training?” section of this page, above.

If you are taking training because you are named on a NIH, NSF, or USDA-NIFA grant, you must take one of the “Full” courses in order to comply with your sponsor’s requirements and continue to be paid on the grant. The “Short” RCR course will not meet these requirements.

 

  1. Select whichever discipline-specific version of the course is most appropriate for you (e.g., Engineering, Physical Sciences, etc.).

RCR courses are specific to certain disciplines. This picture shows their are RCR courses available for those in the Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Submit.”
  2. You will be re-directed to your homepage, where you will see your available course under “Courses Ready to Begin.” Click on “Start Now.”

Once you have selected the RCR course you wish to take you be taken to a screen with a start now button. Click the button to start the course.

Please make sure to complete each of the modules within your course. In order to complete the training, you will need to pass each of them with a grade of 80% or higher.


If you do not have a Cornell NetID—and you will not be getting one in the near future—follow these instructions for accessing the RCR training without a NetID.

Note: If you will be getting a Cornell NetID but don’t have one yet, contact IT @ Cornell at www.it.cornell.edu or (607)255-5500, and they will help set up a Cornell NetID for you. Once you have it, follow the instructions above (“How do I access RCR training?”) for getting into the site.

  1. Go to www.citiprogram.org
  2. Click on “Register”
  3. Begin typing “Cornell University” in the text box, which will auto‐complete as you type. Select “Cornell University” (Do NOT select “Cornell University SSO”) from the drop-down list and click on “I AGREE to the Terms of Service for accessing CITI Program Materials” and “I affirm that I am an affiliate of Cornell University.”

Picture showing how to select your organization affiliation. Select Cornell university and click the two check boxes at the bottom.

  1. Click on “continue to create your CITI Program username/password.” Do NOT click on “continue to SSO Login/Instructions.”
  2. Click through the pages, making sure to enter all of the required information.
  3. On the last page, you will be given the option to select which course(s) you would like to take. Select whichever course applies to you or, if you are not taking any course at this time, click on “Complete Registration” at the bottom of the page.
  4. Your registration is complete. To visit your homepage in CITI, click on “finalize registration.”

Once registration is complete click the finalize registration button as shown in this picture on the CITI website

If you took any trainings in CITI through another institution, you will need to add Cornell to the list of institutions with which you are affiliated, in order for Cornell research compliance staff to be able to access your training completion records and give you due credit.

  1. Go to www.citiprogram.org
  2. Click on “Log In”
  3. Enter your username and password from your previous institution.picture of the login screen on the CITI website
  4. Click on “add affiliation.”

Do NOT remove any existing affiliations.

Picture of the add affiliation button from the CITI website

  1. Begin typing “Cornell University” in the text box, which will auto‐complete as you type. Select “Cornell University” from the drop-down list and click on “I AGREE to the Terms of Service for accessing CITI Program Materials” and “I affirm that I am an affiliate of Cornell University.”

Picture of the affiliation box where Cornell university is typed in and the the user selects the bottom two check boxes to agree to terms of service and affirm that the person is an affiliate of Cornell University

  1. Click “Continue”
  2. Fill in all required fields. When asked for your email address, you must enter your Cornell email address. This is critical, because it is the most reliable way for us to track your course completions.
  3. Click “Next.”
  4. You are now affiliated with Cornell. If you have questions or need help, please email rcr@cornell.edu.

Note: On the next page you will be given the chance to select which course you would like to take. If you do not need to take any courses at this time, you may close out of this page. Doing so will not affect your affiliation with Cornell and you do not need to take any further steps to complete your affiliation.


If you have taken RCR training at another institution, but not through CITI, please send copies of your course completion records to rcr@cornell.edu. If the course meets Cornell’s standards for training in RCR, we will grant you credit for your training.

Can I check to see if someone’s training is up-to-date?

Yes, anyone with a Cornell NetID can view the following: