The CHOP Research Institute's Office of Responsible Research Training has created a comprehensive Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program for the Hospital’s clinical and research communities.

The RCR program teaches and promotes ethical research practices based on regulatory standards and covers a range of topics recommended by the National Institutes of Health, including authorship and publication practices, collaborative science, conflicts of interest, data responsibilities, intellectual property, mentor and trainee responsibilities, peer review, research ethics, research with animals, research with human subjects, research misconduct, the researcher in society, and safe laboratory practices.

Available in multiple educational formats and for varied audiences, program components include the RCR Web Site, RCR Training for Research Trainees and Early Career Investigators, Principal Investigator Training, Research Administration Training, and the Conducting Research at CHOP Seminar Series.

RCR Web Site

RCR Web Site

The RCR Web Site is a central component of CHOP Research's comprehensive RCR program, offering education, policy, and training resources designed to encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity as a core value. Each month the site highlights a unique RCR topic, featuring related teaching and learning resources, federal and Hospital policies, key institutional contacts, and the opportunity to participate in an RCR opinion poll.

The site presents the latest news from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity and introduces a "Training Wizard" to determine RCR training requirements; a "Faculty Toolkit" that provides informal RCR instruction strategies, tracking forms, grant template language, and guidance for tailoring RCR instruction for various research roles; and an "Ask the Expert" e-mail feature for convenient access to institutional contacts who can address RCR questions.

RCR Training for Research Trainees and Early Career Investigators

In compliance with updated federal and institutional requirements, the required RCR curriculum is designed for research trainees, including physician fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and training grant fellows, and early career investigators such as mentored K awardees, K12 scholars, senior fellows, and career award recipients. The training includes structured online RCR education through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI); learner-centered, interactive workshop sessions facilitated by research faculty and administrators; and access to the RCR internal Web site.

Research trainees and early career investigators are required to complete online CITI education and two, four-hour interactive workshop sessions as outlined in the CHOP Research RCR Training Policy and Plan. RCR Session 1 includes training modules on Authorship and Publication Practices, Collaborative Science, Peer Review, Mentoring and RCR Session 2’s modules include The Researcher in Society, Data Management – Acquisition, Sharing and Ownership, Research Misconduct, Conflicts of Interest, Intellectual Property, and Research Safety.

Principal Investigator Training

Principal Investigator (PI) Training provides an overview of the relevant laws, regulations, institutional policies, resources, professional norms, and best practices governing the research enterprise. Two chapters center on the concepts of Research Integrity and Fiscal Responsibilities. The Research Integrity component focuses on mentoring and scientific collaboration; safety; authorship, peer review and publication; protection of human and animal research subjects; conflicts of interest; data management and integrity; intellectual property; and research misconduct. The Fiscal Responsibilities chapter examines audit realities, cost principles, award conditions, fiscal fundamentals, monitoring spending; high risk areas, time and effort, and project closeout.

PI Training can be completed via multiple methods, including online or podcast access, and is required for anyone actively serving as a PI on an IRB or IACUC protocol or who has primary responsibility for a research grant, clinical trial, cooperative agreement, contract, or other internally or externally sponsored research agreement.

Research Administration Training

Research Administration Training is an online educational program designed to describe how the unique context and regulatory framework of the research environment impacts the administration and management of sponsored projects. The training consists of two modules. The Responsible Research Administration module focuses on responsibilities of research administration, basic research terms, and research integrity, and the Management of Research Funds explores roles and responsibilities, institutional policies, federal regulations, and best practices.

Research administration leadership and staff are required to complete one or both modules based on their specific role and responsibilities.

Conducting Research at CHOP

Conducting Research at CHOP is a quarterly seminar series designed to educate the CHOP community on key topics related to the implementation, management, and regulation of sponsored research. The series is a supplement to Getting Started at the CHOP Research Institute, an online orientation that provides essential information about the research infrastructure, services, and resources at CHOP Research, formerly known as the Joseph Stokes Jr. Research Institute.

Topics for the series vary and include a combination of professional development and research ethics (i.e., submitting research proposals, building research budgets, conducting clinical research, responsible research practices, foundation funding, NIH peer review, addressing research misconduct, exploring diversity in the scientific community). The series features external speakers and CHOP Research Institute experts, and each session offers practical advice and guidelines.

For more information about CHOP's comprehensive RCR program, contact the Office of Responsible Research Training at or 267-426-7496.