Research Integrity Officer (RIO)

National Science Foundation's Educational Requirements for the Responsible Conduct of Research

The responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers.

On January 4 2010, a new RCR training requirement became effective as a result of NSF’s implementation of Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C. 1862o-1). This section of the Act requires that “each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project”.

In order to meet this new NSF policy requirement, CUNY has instituted the following RCR training plan:

For additional information, please visit CUNY's website on Research Compliance.

Instructions for completing the CITI RCR Training Modules

The RCR modules from CITI are now included in the CUNY subscription to RCR, there is no longer a need to enter the site through public access, rather you should enter through the CITI home page.  Please note the following:

  • If you are already registered for CITI IRB training modules, but have not yet started any RCR modules, please use the same username and               password to enter the CITI site.
  • If you have not yet accessed any CITI modules then you need to create a username and password to access RCR training modules (or IRB training modules).
  • If you have taken, or started to take, RCR modules through the CITI public access site than you need to log in under the same username and password you used on the public access site and click “affiliate with another institution”.  Then look for The City University of New York in the list of institutions and select.
  • If you have created 2 separate usernames and passwords to access IRB modules and RCR modules – your history will not be merged, however if you wish to have it merged you can contact CITI and make that request either via e-mail: or by phone: 305-243-7970.

Once you have been able to log on to CITI. Next click "Add a course or update your learner groups" where you will then be provided with 3 options:

  • I am here to take the course for the first time, the Basic Course
  • I have previously completed an approved CITI basic course and am eligible to take the Refresher Course for recertification
  • I need to take the Responsible Conduct of Research

Choose the 3rd option "I need to take the Responsible Conduct of Research"

You will then find the following user groups:

  • Undergraduates
  • Graduates and postdoctoral researchers
  • Faculty
  • Administrators
  • Engineers

You need to check the most appropriate user group and take the required modules (for example, there are 6 required modules for undergraduates) and perhaps some of the optional modules where appropriate.  For faculty all of the modules are currently listed as optional.

RCR Training Assessments




Last updated July 11, 2012