Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) at UT Dallas focuses on the development of ethical practices in research across a variety of disciplines and domains.  We aim to provide our next generation of researchers a leading edge, as well as hone the practices of more seasoned researchers.

Our core online and live series programs are developed to address issues and challenges across the multiple phases of research and to highlight the implications of research practices that impact the larger social domain.   Training topics and materials are organized and delivered in 5 core areas of research integrity:

  • Ethical Principles and Responsibilities
  • Research Planning
  • Conducting Research
  • Reporting Results
  • Responsibilities to Society

UT Dallas RCR training modules, courses, and mentoring programs can be used to meet training requirements for funding agencies, as well as supplement ongoing professional development at all training and career stages.  The required training for both NIH and NSF requirements is offered through these various methods.

Seminar Series

The Responsible Conduct of Research training series is a blended learning, multi-session seminar series designed to engage the UT Dallas research community in contemporary issues in research ethics and scientific integrity.  The RCR series is open to the UTD research community, but is guided toward graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and research scientists. The RCR series provides instruction commensurate with grant funding requirements for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The format for RCR training is an interactive, instructor-led discussion series blended with interactive online materials.

The RCR training series is a multi-session seminar series presented in its entirety annually in the Fall and Spring semesters, covering the following core topics*:

  • Research Misconduct & Scientific Fraud
  • Responsible Authorship, Publication, and Peer Review
  • Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Collaborative Research Including Responsibilities and Relationships with Industry
  • Human & Animal Subjects in Research
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Intellectual Property
  • Data Management and Ownership
  • Scientific Citizenship – Responsibility to Colleagues and the Community

*Completion of the RCR program requires attendance of at least 8 sessions unless prior approval has been obtained from the Office of Research. Sessions do not have to be attended in sequential order and sessions can be completed across multiple semesters.

Registration is required for attendance, and seating is limited.  Please follow the link to view the schedule and register for individual sessions.

Please contact Suzanne Potts for registration questions.

If you have recently completed RCR training at a different institution, please check with the Office of Research Compliance to determine if you have met NIH or NSF requirements.

Online Training

Epigeum RCR Training

The Epigeum Responsible Conduct of Research suite provides researchers and staff access to research ethics training and professional development resources.   Courses include interactive, multimedia learning modules designed to provide a foundation for conducting ethical research and working responsibly as scientific citizens.  The Epigeum RCR modules can be completed entirely online to satisfy NSF funding requirements or as a complement to the live seminar series, satisfying either the NSF or NIH requirements.

To access the Epigeum Research Integrity RCR courses, please follow the instructions below:

    • Step 1 – Sign into Galaxy (located on the UTD Homepage in the upper right corner) with your NetID and password.
    • Step 2 – Click on the eLearning link located under My Menu.
    • Step 3 – Using your NetID and password, log on to your account in eLearning.
    • Step 4 – In the My Organizations section, please select Research Compliance.
    • Step 5 – Select Research Compliance Homepage from the menu bar on the left side of the screen.
    • Step 6 – From the Homepage, please select the discipline which best matches your discipline of study*:
        • Arts and Humanities
        • Engineering and Technology
        • Social and Behavioral Sciences
        • Biomedical Sciences
        • Natural and Physical Sciences
    • Step 7 – Once you have clicked on the appropriate link, a new window will launch the online course (please make sure to disable the pop-up blocker on your browser to view the course).
    • Step 8 – To navigate the course, use the controls and links in the course or the navigation links in the menu bar located on the left side of the screen.
    • Step 9 – Once you have completed the course, please access the link for the Quiz on the Research Compliance Homepage. Select the Begin button and complete the questions for credit.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Participant Protections Education*

The UTD Institutional Review Board (IRB) requires that all individuals working with human subjects in research complete an instructional program before the IRB will review an application. This policy reflects UT Dallas’s commitment to the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research and incorporates the requirements of the NIH.

The required training is a no-cost tutorial developed by the NIH, Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams. This course can be completed in approximately one hour. A set of 3 to 5 questions follows each of six topics covering the topics such as history, informed consent, and ongoing protection.

*The online Epigeum RCR or Human Subjects Research and NIH Human Subjects courses may satisfy NSF training requirements only and may be taken by undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers. These online courses may satisfy partial requirements for NIH training requirements. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance to determine if you have met NIH requirements.

Classroom Courses

Social Issues & Ethics in Engineering and Computing Science (ECS 3361; SOCS 3361): This course exposes students to major theoretical approaches and modes of reasoning about ethics while exploring a range of important professional and ethical issues in computing and engineering, and the interrelationship between the computing and engineering professions and important elements of social systems. Issues of professional ethics, computer crime and privacy, intellectual property, the balance between the acceptability of risk and constraints such as cost, scheduling, safety, and quality, the role of globalization and various important constitutional issues are explored by drawing upon engineering and computing case studies. This course satisfies NSF/NIH grant funding requirements.

**Please check the University catalog for availability. Other courses or courses completed at a different institution may satisfy the requirement. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance to determine if you have met previously met NIH or NSF requirements.

Ethics Seminars

Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology: The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology was established in 2009 to help the students and faculty of The University of Texas at Dallas, as well as the surrounding community, to understand, evaluate, and support the improvement of the ethical and cultural influences on and implications of science and technology.

The center hosts lectures and workshops throughout the year.  In a cross-disciplinary approach to fostering public intellectualism, an international group of authors, artists, scientists, philosophers, theorists, and engineers engage a diverse audience in thinking about issues such as:

  • “Creativity in the Age of Technology” (2009 series)
  • “Exploring Human Enhancement” (2010)
  • “Funded and Forbidden Knowledge: Science, Politics and Cultural Values” (2011)
  • “The Heart of Medicine: Values and Ethics in Health Care” (2012)
  • “Values in the Science and Practice of Medicine” (2013)

The speakers further play a role in our academic community by meeting with interested undergraduate and graduate students and with members of courses that are designed in conjunction with the series.

Participation in seminars may partially fulfill NSF and/or NIH training requirement. Contact the Office of Research Compliance for details regarding seminars and their applicability to training requirements: (972) 883-5317 or email Suzanne Potts.