Research & Sponsored Programs

Responsible Conduct of Research

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program at the University of South Dakota is part of the educational and outreach activities of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Our goal is to develop and make available to the University of South Dakota research community programs and materials that will increase the knowledge of and facilitate the practice of responsible research.

The Office of Research Integrity of the US DHHS has identified nine core instructional areas that are important for the responsible conduct of research.

Data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership
Mentor/trainee responsibilities
Publication practices and responsible authorship 
Peer review 
Collaborative science
Human subjects
Research involving animals
Research misconduct
Conflict of interest and commitment

Frequently asked RCR questions:  http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/rcr/rcrfaqs.jsp

RCR resources available online include:
http://www.nationalethicscenter.net
http://research-ethics.net
http://scholarlyintegrity.org

RCR Interactive Simulations In "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct," you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices. The following simulation is located on the DHHS's Office of Research Integrity website:
The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct