Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible conduct of research and other activities is expected of The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) employees, and UTIA takes seriously its obligation to implement and support best practices in research. See UTIA’s Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Institutional Plan.

As detailed in the Plan, training in RCR is required for some federal grant opportunities, including USDA NIFA*, and is available and encouraged for the entire UTIA community.
*USDA NIFA requires 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 training is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) (see CITI registration information) or the UTIA for-credit course Research Ethics for the Life Sciences. When training other than CITI is appropriate, it should be documented as specified in the Plan, on the UTIA RCR Training Record.

Individual Development Plans (IDPs)are tools to help graduate students and postdoctoral researchers set career goals and establish action plans to meet their goals. Faculty members can use IDPs to help them mentor and meet their Responsible Conduct of Research responsibilities. More information about IDPs can be found at PEER and myIDP.

Please contact Jane Burns with any questions.

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