Per guidance provided by the Office of Extramural Research (OER), online training is an acceptable alternative to in-person training course requirements during the pandemic.
"NIH will allow for special circumstances for trainings and instruction that typically require in-person attendance, such as training in the responsible conduct of research (NIH GPS 126.96.36.199). Training can be completed online during this declared public health emergency. Prior approval is not required in these specific cases."
RCR is defined as “the practice of scientific investigation with integrity.” It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. Projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have specific requirements regarding training in RCR.
Please note that the completion of RCR training is separate from human subjects training required for Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions.