The four-hour Mass General Brigham Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Seminar includes faculty presentations and discussions on authorship; data management; documentation and integrity; conflict of interest and interactions with industry; research misconduct; and post-award financial management. The seminar also includes an overview of basic regulatory and institutional requirements for research involving human subjects, stem cells, animals, and biohazards/recombinant DNA.
RCR training is required of students, trainees, and investigators with career development awards who are supported by National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds. New RCR standards were implemented by the NIH in January 2010. As of January 4, 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires RCR training of undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with any NSF support.