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Responsible Conduct of Research Training


Grand Valley State University is committed to ensuring the highest ethical and professional standards in scholarly endeavors, including respect for all participants and credit for all contributors. Training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is a critical step in imparting best practice standards for GVSU faculty, staff and students. 

All GVSU graduate students are required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training – please check with your research mentor or graduate program director to determine which RCR Training program is required.  GVSU undergraduate students who have internal funding (e.g. McNair Scholars, S3-Student Summer Scholars, MS3-Modified Student Summer Scholars, and students paid on GVSU R&D grants) must also complete RCR Training – please check with your research mentor to determine which RCR training program is required.  NSF, NIH, and GVSU R&D funded research requires RCR training.

All other investigators and personnel that will be in contact with subjects or data that can be linked to subjects are encouraged to complete RCR training every 3 years. Check to be sure all training is up to-date before submitting your application.

Among others, the RCR Training requirement can be fulfilled online through the Epigeum RCR Training and Certification. Upon completion of the online course, a certificate can be downloaded, which is to be included in the submission package on IRBNet.