Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research

Registration for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research is now CLOSED.

NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. This policy will take effect with all new and renewal applications submitted on or after January 25, 2010, and for all continuation (Type 5) applications with deadlines on or after January 1, 2011. 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.

* Note that this program is available only to MCW employees.


In November 2009, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provided new policy guidance on the requirement for instruction in the responsible conduct of research for all recipients of NIH Institutional Research Training Grants, Individual Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards, Research Education Grants, Dissertation Research Grants, or other grant programs with a training component that requires instruction in the responsible conduct of research.

In August 2009, the National Science Foundation (NSF) also issued new guidance regarding instruction in the responsible conduct of research.

In response to these new requirements, the MCW Office of Research, in collaboration with the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, is offering an instructional program in the responsible conduct of research. 


Individuals participating in this instructional program will be required to complete two educational modules.

The first module is an online educational module consisting of eight lessons delivered through D2L, the College’s web-based learning system.  Access to the online module will be available beginning January 19th, 2015. The lessons will provide the basis for understanding the ethical issues related to basic scientific and medical research, including conflict of interest, animal and human subject research policies, safe laboratory practices, research misconduct, mentor/mentee responsibilities, authorship and publication, and the scientist as member of society.  Participants may complete the online module simultaneously while participating in the face-to-face discussion series however, the online training module must be completed within eight weeks of the start date. 

The second module is a face-to-face discussion series consisting of nine 1.5 hour sessions.  These sessions will focus on ethical issues that commonly arise in biomedical research, will reinforce the basic content presented in the online activity, and will offer illustrative examples of ethical issues for analysis and discussion.  Discussions will be co-facilitated by a Bioethics faculty member and a faculty member from the basic sciences.  These sessions will be offered on the following dates, from 4:00-5:30pm, beginning Wednesday, January 7th, 2015.  The remaining sessions will be held on: January 21st, February 4th and 18th, March 4th and 18th, and April 1st, 15th, and 29th.  All sessions will be held at the Medical College of Wisconsin (room M2050).  Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

Trainees are required to complete a minimum of eight hours of face-to-face instruction in the responsible conduct of research in order to meet the minimum training requirements.  We suggest planning accordingly as there will be no make-up sessions offered. 

Registration and Documentation of Completion

Registration and documentation of completion of the instruction in the responsible conduct of research will be completed through the Office of Research.  Participation will be monitored and documentation of successful completion of the instruction will be provided to the participant upon course completion.  The Office of Research will maintain all records of registration, participant attendance, and program completion.

For questions regarding Responsible Conduct in Research Training, please contact Jeri Lynn Wehner in the Office of Research at 414-955-8503 or

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