Responsible Conduct of Research

  • NIH Training Requirements

    NIH Institutional Research Training Grants, Individual Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards (Institutional and Individual), Research Education Grants, Dissertation Research Grants, or Other Grant Programs

    Effective January 2010, the NIH has substantially revised its expectations for what constitutes adequate RCR training. 

    We have adapted our long-standing course to meet these new guidelines. Most importantly, NIH now requires attendance at 8 of the 9 sessions in order to receive a certificate of completion. We recognize most trainees will have an occasional scheduling conflict, and accordingly, we expect individuals to take no longer than 2 years to complete the class coursework. NIH has also discouraged one-day seminar formats to fulfill this training requirement, so no such course will be offered.

    Members of the HMS community on an NIH-sponsored training grant must receive compulsory education in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). If you have received RCR training in the past 3 years and can demonstrate the same (typically through the possession of a certificate), you may be relieved from fulfilling this requirement. If you have not completed the training, then you are strongly encouraged to enroll in the course conducted under the auspices of the Center for Bioethics within Harvard Medical School.

  • Program History

    The Program in the Practice of Scientific Investigation (PPSI) was established in 1990 by the Division of Medical Ethics to provide education in the responsible conduct of research for post-doctoral research fellows. In 1999, Dean Joseph B. Martin mandated completion of the PPSI for all post-doctoral fellows working in laboratories in the Harvard Medical School Quad, regardless of funding source. The PPSI offers education in the responsible conduct of research to all post-doctoral fellows working in HMS labs.