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RCR Training and Education at Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University is committed to supporting and nurturing a culture of scholarship and research that embraces research integrity and research ethics.  GVSU has created on blended educational program to meet the RCR requirements as mandated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Online Training

GVSU has selected the Epigeum Impact Series in the  Responsible Conduct of Research to provide a basic training in RCR.  Epigeum Impact Series provides a flexible online course that uses videos, polls and a blended learning environment to involve learners in the learning process. 

Two primary courses are available for GVSU researchers. 

The Basic RCR course is available in 5 tracks (Biomedical, Natural Science, Social Science, Arts and Humanities, and Engineering).  This course is designed for new faculty researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students. 

By the end of the course, researchers will be able to: 

  • Explain the key responsibilities of a researcher
  • Identify the challenges one could face in meeting those responsibilities
  • Apply a range of strategies to respond and adapt to the challenges one may face when conducting research. 


The RCR Concise Course for Experienced Researchers is geared towards researchers who have already completed RCR Certification in the past, but need to renew their certification.  The Concise Course contains seven additional modules on topics core to the work of the researcher. 

Optional Modules

  • Human Subjects Protections
  • The Humane Use and Care of Animals in Research
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Safety and Health
  • Intellectual Property
  • Biosafety
  • Export Controls

Face-to-Face Education

Individuals receiving funding through the National Institute of Health must complete the following:

Research Ethics Conversations

Research Ethics Conversations are offered regularly and are facilitated by the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence. Sessions consist of an hour long lecture and discussion. Individuals will attend at least 6 conversations offered in a year. Topics covered include:

  • Animals in Research
  • Authorship
  • Biosafety & Lab Safety
  • Collaboration in Research
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Export Controls
  • Human Subjects in Research
  • Intellectual Property
  • Peer Review
  • Research Misconduct