Responsible Conduct of Research

NJIT research community is committed to the highest standards of professional integrity, ethics and responsible conduct of research. All NJIT employees including students, staff, post-docs, research associates, faculty and collaborators are expected to be in compliance with NJIT and federal requirements with respect to responsible conduct of research that emphasizes on conflicts of interest, professional ethics, collegial and behavioral obligations to serve the basic foundation of a professional academic research workplace.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is defined as the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.

Ethical and responsible conduct of research is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in the responsible and ethical conduct of research is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers.

Federal Requirements

Federal requirements require Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training for scholars funded by NSF, USDA and NIH.  Those requirements are detailed below:

National Science Foundation (NSF):  The recent America COMPETES Act includes a requirement that beginning with proposals submitted on or after January 4, 2010, all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers" who will be supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research" receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).

National Institutes of Health (NIH):  NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research.  This policy will take effect with all new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010, and for all continuation (Type 5) applications with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011.

USDA - Effective for awards subject to the February 2013 Research Terms and Conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has mandated that program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR).  Any award issued after February 1, 2013 must comply with this requirement.

NJIT RCR training program includes both interdisciplinary general and program-specific RCR content.   It is intended to provide quality training experiences while offering flexibility for the learner.