Responsible Conduct of Research Training

New federal regulations require all federally funded (NIH & NSF) trainees of specific programs to have at least 8 hours of face-to-face Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training within one year. Once the training is complete, the training requirement is fulfilled for a period of four years. The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) and the College of Medicine have collaborated with the Graduate School to meet these federal requirements. A Scientific Communications (SC) course will be offered to all federally funded trainees in order to meet federal requirements. The SC course is a one-year course with many sessions on various topics.  A list of 5 sessions per semester have been identified and scheduled to meet the needs of the RCR training requirement. Each session will be 1 hour in length; therefore a total of 8 sessions must be completed in order to comply with the federal regulations.

This notice applies to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R.

ORC will track and maintain records of all sessions completed by UAMS federally funded trainees. Each session will be held in the Rayford Auditorium (Biomed II) on Wednesday afternoons from 2-3 pm. All federally funded trainees from programs listed above, must attend 8 of the 10 identified sessions within one year.

*Please note that trainees who have completed at least 8 hours of the Scientific Communications course within the past three years do not have to complete the training this year (if attendance can be verified). However, after a four year time frame, the course must be repeated.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training 2019-2020


Description Lecturer 

OCT 16, 2019 ETHICS: Data Acquisition,Laboratory Notebooks, Management and Ownership (RCR)


OCT 23, 2019

ETHICS: Publication Practice and Responsible Authorship (RCR) Drew
JAN 22,2020  ETHICS: Research Involving Humans (RCR)


FEB 5, 2020

ETHICS: Research Involving Animals (RCR) Simecka
FEB 12, 2020 Small Talk, Networking, and Collaboration (RCR) Sterba
MARCH 4, 2020 ETHICS: Diversity in the Workplace and Social Responsibility (RCR) Sterba
MARCH 11, 2020 ETHICS: Peer Review and Conflict of Interest (RCR) Prather 

For questions regarding RCR training, please call the Compliance Education Program Manager at 501.526.6879 in the Office of Research Compliance.