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Responsible Conduct of Research

Expectations
All Baylor researchers are expected to engage in research with a high level of ethical and moral behavior supportive of and consistent with the university's Christian mission. It is imperative that all faculty, staff, and students involved in research adhere to all relevant laws, regulations, funding agency requirements and professional standards.

Policy
Tightening federal regulations now require that all students (graduate and undergraduate) working on funded research must complete training on responsible conduct of research (RCR).

The National Science Foundation requires that grant applicants "provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers" who will be supported by NSF to conduct research. (Resources on NSF's implementation of Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act.)

NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. (NIH Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research)

Additional Resources
"The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct"
The US Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Research Integrity presents an interactive movie that allows viewer to evaluate real-world ethical decisions from the perspective of four different characters.

Contacts
Frank Mathis
Research Integrity Officer
Burleson 210
(254) 710-3361