Responsible Conduct of Research

MIT expects that all researchers at MIT carry out their work according to the highest ethical and professional standards. The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence in science and engineering, as well as maintaining the public's trust. Responsible Conduct of Research Training is a framework for imparting these standards, and a critical component of scholarly and career development.

MIT has selected the CITI course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) to provide a basic course in RCR. We encourage everyone in the MIT community to take this training. This training will require your MIT certificate, so that your training can be linked to the MIT Enterprise Learning system.

NSF Requirements

As part of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act, the National Science Foundation introduced a new requirement for educating all undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral researchers being supported by NSF awards. Read more about the America Competes Act of 2022

MIT Policy

All MIT undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers paid by NSF research awards subject to the America COMPETES Act MUST complete this training no more than sixty days after salaries are charged to the account. Salary costs for individuals who have not completed the required training within 60 days are unallowable and will be removed from the account.

Basic RCR Course Information

Individuals planning to take the training will be asked to identify the area most appropriate to their work. Questions regarding the correct area of training should be addressed to the individual's supervisor.

MIT trainees will be asked to select an RCR module that has been customized according to discipline:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Administration

Related Resources

The National Academy of Sciences publication On Being a Scientist provides additional information on the responsible conduct of research. Academic Integrity at MIT provides information on citing, paraphrasing, and quoting materials.