Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is one aspect
of Furman’s commitment to maintain the highest possible standards for integrity
among its entire research community, including students, faculty and staff. RCR
denotes good citizenship in research conduct. Faculty, students and staff who
report their work honestly, accurately, and objectively help maintain trust in
research and help convey the ethics of research to future generations of
scholars. Furman University has a number of methods for providing research
ethics education to its community.
All investigators involved in human subject and animal research are required to complete education focused on the appropriate use of humans and/or animals in
research, prior to receiving Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional
Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval for specific research protocols.
As of January 2010, all student and post-doctoral investigators that receive
financial assistance from the National Science Foundation (NSF) are required to
complete a training course on Responsible Conduct of Research. Furman
University has adopted CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative)
as their online resource for training which satisfies the requirements from
NSF, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the Office of Human Research
Protections (OHRP). You will find additional information on the required
RCR training for NSF/NIH funded research under the CITI page to the right.
Please visit www.furman.edu/irb
for information on the educational requirements for human subject research and
for education involving animal research, please contact Dr. John Batson,
chair of the IACUC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.