Do RCR Requirements Apply to My Award?

What you should know about RCR requirements if you currently receive—or plan to receive—outside funding for your research

Training in responsible conduct of research (RCR) is a requirement for certain types of personnel receiving salaries or stipend support on specific NIH, NSF, and USDA-NIFA research awards. Below, you can find more information about these requirements, and to whom they apply.

Does my award have an RCR training requirement?

Individuals listed below must complete RCR training within 60 days of being named on the relevant grant. Missing the training deadline will result in that individual not being paid with those grant funds.

In most circumstances, this requirement can be met through online training* hosted by the CITI Program; learn more by visiting RCR Training: Online.

Funder Types of Awards Who needs training? Clarifications
  • Training**
  • Career development
  • Research education
  • Dissertation research
All trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars supported by such awards Only the following types of grants require RCR training [unless otherwise specified]: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R 
NSF Awards funding research Undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers receiving salaries or stipend support to conduct research on these awards The RCR requirement does not apply to NSF awards specifically granted to fund a conference, symposium, workshop or travel
USDA-NIFA Awards funding research Same as above (re: NSF) None


*Only the CITI training called the "Full Course" in RCR will meet the requirements set by NIH, NSF, and USDA-NIFA. The "Short, Foundation Course" does not meet the requirements of these sponsors.

**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.