Columbia is dedicated to the highest standards of research integrity and is committed to responsible and ethical conduct for all those involved in research. Several federal funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), require certain individuals participating in projects funded by those agencies to receive training in the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR).
Effective in the 2022-2023 academic year, and for proposals submitted beginning with the September 25, 2022 due dates, NIH has made updates to their RCR training requirements, notably with the list of RCR training topics.
NSF recently broadened its definition of RECR to include the responsibility to:
- Conduct peer review with the highest ethical standards;
- Diligently protect proprietary information and intellectual property from inappropriate disclosure; and
- Treat students and colleagues fairly and with respect.
Columbia offers various relevant trainings in these areas, including its in-person and online RECR trainings mentioned on this page.