Education in the Responsible Conduct of Research

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.

RCR Online Training Option

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Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct

UCLA Policy 993, “Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct,” implements the campus’ commitment to fostering a climate conducive to research integrity. It is also intended to satisfy the requirements of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and other federal agencies. Policy 993 applies to all research conducted under the auspices of the campus, whether or not the research was sponsored by a federal agency.

At UCLA, Roger Wakimoto, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR), serves as the Research Integrity Officer (RIO), the institutional official responsible for administering Policy 993.

University policy defines research misconduct as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.

  • Fabrication: making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  • Falsification: manipulating research materials, equipment or processes, or changing or omitting data or results, such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
  • Plagiarism: the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit, but is not a dispute among collaborators about authorship or credit.

Research misconduct DOES NOT include:

  • Honest error
  • Differences of opinion
  • Authorship or attribution of credit
  • IP disputes
  • Misuse of University funds, facilities and resources