The University of Arizona

RCR Certificate Program

RCR Contact

Research Training Services
Research, Discovery & Innovation
ORD-Training@email.arizona.edu
520-621-0598

The University of Arizona offers certificates to acknowledge fulfillment of responsible conduct of research (RCR) training requirements set forth by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Details regarding each certificate can be found below.


General Program Information

Program Registration and Workshop Enrollment

  • Please follow instructions below to register for the certificate program you wish to complete. All records of RCR training are centrally maintained by Research Training Services within UAccess Learning.

Certificate Completion and Renewal Timeframe

  • Regardless of funding agency, the RCR certificate program must be initiated within 30 days of the PostAward date or the date that you begin working on an eligible research project.
  • Once you register for the program, you have one calendar year to complete the certification.
  • The RCR certificate is good for three (3) years, at which point you have one calendar year to renew the certificate. Renewal is only required if you still fall under the federal RCR requirements

Tracking and Verification of Training

  • Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring that all students and postdoctoral researchers associated with an RCR-eligible award complete the RCR certificate as described below.
  • Individuals should keep documentation of the training they receive, including all workshops and face-to-face discussions with faculty mentors.
  • A centralized record of completed training will be kept in UAccess Learning.


National Insitutes of Health RCR Certificate

The NIH RCR Certificate is issued by the University of Arizona's Research, Discovery & Innovation and acknowledges completion of the minimum number of training hours and RCR subject areas recommended by NIH. 

Who is Required to Complete the NIH Certificate?
NIH requires all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars supported by NIH training grants, career development awards, and dissertation research grants to receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. The requirement applies to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R. Other NIH-funded programs may also require instruction in responsible conduct of research, and will clearly state this requirement in the relevant funding opportunity announcements. View the complete NIH RCR policy for more details.

Registration Instructions
Register for the NIH RCR Certificate program by following these steps:

  1. Log in to UAccess Learning.
  2. Click the "Find Learning" link located in the Quick Links box in the top left of the home page. This will take you to the course catalog. 
  3. Near the top of the course catalog, look for "Certification: NIH Responsible Conduct of Research". NOTE: If this is your first time logging in to UAccess Learning, you might not see anything listed in the catalog. In that case, please wait and try again in 24 hours. If, at that point, you still don't see anything in the catalog, please contact ORD-Training@email.arizona.edu
  4. Expand the view by clicking the grey triangle to the left of the NIH certification.
  5. Click the yellow "Register" button.
  6. Click the yellow "Submit Registration" button.
  7. Navigate to "My Learning" by clicking the link to the right above the confirmation message. Alternatively, you can go to Learning Home and then to My Learning via the Quick Links box.
  8. Click on the certification title to review the requirements and enroll in workshops.

Contact Hours Required
The University of Arizona requires a minimum of nine (9) hours of RCR instruction to earn the NIH RCR Certificate. However, more hours are encouraged.

Instructional Format
At least 7.5 hours must consist of live instructional formats such as workshops, academic course hours, and face-to-face discussions. The University of Arizona encourages NIH-funded scholars, trainees, and fellows to participate in as much live instruction as possible. No more than 1.5 hours of supplemental online instruction in RCR may count toward the RCR Certificate.

Earning the Certificate
UA offers an NIH RCR Certificate to acknowledge fulfillment of the NIH requirement. Earning the certificate requires a minimum of nine (9) hours of RCR instruction, which may be fulfilled through an approved course for academic credit, a department/college-specific training program, or the workshop-based curriculum below. Up to three (3) hours of RCR instruction led and facilitated by faculty mentors on a more informal basis may count toward the certificate. This "supplemental instruction" must be documented with Research Training Services.

The NIH workshop-based curriculum consists of the following:

Core Course (1)
Attend either the Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research workshop OR complete the online CITI RCR Training.

Elective Courses (at least 5)
Select and attend at least five workshops from the RCR workshop series.

Supplemental RCR Instruction
Up to three (3) hours of supplemental instruction from faculty mentor(s) may count toward the elective requirement. If you are interested in having supplemental instruction count toward your certificate, please complete this form.


National Science Foundation RCR Certificate

The NSF RCR Certificate is issued by the University of Arizona's Research, Discovery & Innovation and acknowledges completion of the RCR education guidelines set forth by NSF. 

Who is Required to Complete the NSF Certificate?
NSF requires all postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students funded through an NSF grant to receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. View the complete NSF RCR policy for more details.

Registration Instructions
Register for the NSF RCR Certificate program by following these steps:

  1. Log in to UAccess Learning.
  2. Click the "Find Learning" link located in the Quick Links box in the top left of the home page. This will take you to the course catalog.
  3. Near the top of the course catalog, look for "Certification: NSF Responsible Conduct of Research". NOTE: If this is your first time logging in to UAccess Learning, you might not see anything listed in the catalog. In that case, please wait and try again in 24 hours. If, at that point, you still don't see anything in the catalog, please contact ORD-Training@email.arizona.edu
  4. Expand the view by clicking the grey triangle to the left of the NSF certification.
  5. Click the yellow "Register" button.
  6. Click the yellow "Submit Registration" button.
  7. Navigate to "My Learning" by clicking the link to the right above the confirmation message. Alternatively, you can go to Learning Home and then to My Learning via the Quick Links box.
  8. Click on the certification title to review the requirements and enroll in workshops.

Contact Hours Required
The University of Arizona requires a minimum of six (6) hours of RCR instruction to earn the NSF RCR Certificate. However, more hours are encouraged.

Instructional Format
At least 4.5 hours must consist of live instructional formats such as workshops, academic course hours, and face-to-face discussions. The University of Arizona encourages NSF-funded students and postdocs to participate in as much live instruction as possible. No more than 1.5 hours of supplemental online instruction in RCR may count toward the RCR Certificate.

Earning the Certificate
UA offers the NSF RCR Certificate to acknowledge fulfillment of the NSF requirement. Earning the certificate requires a minimum of six (6) hours of RCR instruction, which may be fulfilled through an approved course for academic credit, a department/college-specific training program, or the workshop-based curriculum below. Up to three (3) hours of RCR instruction led and facilitated by faculty mentors on a more informal basis may count toward the certificate. This "supplemental instruction" must be documented with Research Training Services.

The NSF workshop-based curriculum consists of the following:

Core Course (1)
Attend either the Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research workshop OR complete the online CITI RCR Training.

Elective Courses (at least 3)
Select and attend at least three workshops from the RCR workshop series.

Supplemental RCR Instruction
Up to three (3) hours of supplemental instruction from faculty mentor(s) may count toward the elective requirement. If you are interested in having supplemental instruction count toward your certificate, please complete this form.


National Institute of Food and Agriculture RCR Certificate

The NIFA RCR Certificate is issued by the University of Arizona's Research, Discovery & Innovation and acknowledges completion of the RCR education guidelines set forth by NIFA. 

Who is Required to Complete the NIFA Certificate?
NIFA requires that all program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in a research project funded by NIFA receive RCR training. Documentation of the training is subject to review by NIFA upon request. For the complete RCR policy, please see Article 7 of NIFA's research terms and conditions.

Earning the Certificate
UA offers the NIFA RCR Certificate to acknowledge fulfillment of the NIFA requirement. The certificate may be earned online through UAccess Learning by completing the CITI RCR Training.

Registration Instructions

  1. Log in to UAccess Learning.
  2. Click the "Find Learning" tile. This will take you to the course catalog.
  3. Near the top of the course catalog, look for "Certification: NIFA Responsible Conduct of Research". NOTE: If this is your first time logging in to UAccess Learning, you might not see anything listed in the catalog. In that case, please wait and try again in 24 hours. If, at that point, you still don't see anything in the catalog, please contact ORD-Training@email.arizona.edu
  4. Expand the view by clicking the grey triangle to the left of the NIFA certification.
  5. Click the yellow "Register" button.
  6. Click the yellow "Submit Registration" button.
  7. Scroll down to the bottom of the "Learning for Enrollment" section. Click on the "Research: Online CITI RCR Training" link. 
  8. Click on the Enroll button. 
  9. Scroll down and click the "CITI Responsible Conduct of Research Course Completion" link. 
  10. Follow the instructions to complete the appropriate CITI RCR module. 

Undergraduate RCR Certificate

Who Is Required to Complete the Undergraduate Certificate?
To fulfill the requirements set forth by NSF and NIFA, the University of Arizona requires all undergraduates conducting research on projects funded by NSF and/or NIFA to complete the Undergraduate RCR Certificate. The reduced requirements of this certificate reflect the fact that undergraduates generally have less independence and more oversight from faculty in the research environment than graduate students and postdocs.

Registration Instructions

  1. Log in to UAccess Learning.
  2. Click the "Find Learning" link located in the Quick Links box in the top left of the home page. This will take you to the course catalog.
  3. Near the top of the course catalog, look for "Certification: Undergraduate Responsible Conduct of Research". NOTE: If this is your first time logging in to UAccess Learning, you might not see anything listed in the catalog. In that case, please wait and try again in 24 hours. If, at that point, you still don't see anything in the catalog, please contact ORD-Training@email.arizona.edu
  4. Expand the view by clicking the grey triangle to the left of the Undergraduate RCR certification.
  5. Click the yellow "Register" button.
  6. Click the yellow "Submit Registration" button.
  7. Navigate to "My Learning" by clicking the link to the right above the confirmation message. Alternatively, you can go to Learning Home and then to My Learning via the Quick Links box.
  8. Click on the certification title to review the requirements and enroll in workshops.

Contact Hours Required
The University of Arizona requires a minimum of 1.5 hours of RCR instruction to earn the Undergraduate RCR Certificate. However, more hours are encouraged.

Instructional Format
This certificate may be earned either online or by attending an instructor-led workshop.

Earning the Certificate
The Undergraduate RCR Certificate may be earned by doing one of the following:

Attend at least one RCR workshop

or

Complete the online CITI RCR Training (Note: This is a more time intensive option than the instructor-led workshop; the CITI training takes 3-4 hours, whereas the instructor-led workshops last 1.5 hours.)