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The required training for both NIH and NSF requirements is offered through various methods. UT Dallas provides training modules, courses, and mentoring programs that can be used to meet training requirements.

Seminar Series

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training series is an instructor-led, interactive multi-session seminar series designed to engage the UT Dallas research community in contemporary issues in research ethics and scientific integrity.  The RCR series is open to the UTD research community but is guided toward advanced graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and research scientists. The RCR series provides instruction commensurate with grant funding requirements for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The format for RCR training is an interactive, instructor-led course including lecture and discussion.

The RCR training series is a multi-session seminar series presented in its entirety annually in the Fall and Spring semesters, covering the following core topics*:

  • Research Misconduct & Scientific Fraud
  • Responsible Authorship, Publication and Peer Review
  • Mentor/ Mentee Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Collaborative Research Including Responsibilities and Relationships with Industry
  • Human & Animal Subjects in Research
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Intellectual Property
  • Data management and Ownership
  • Scientific Citizenship - Responsibility to Colleagues and the Community

*Completion of the RCR program requires attendance of at least 8 sessions unless prior approval has been obtained from the Office of Research. Sessions do not have to be attended in sequential order and sessions can be completed across multiple semesters.

Registration is required for attendance, and seating is limited.  Please follow the link to view the schedule and register for individual sessions: Click here to register

Please contact Mary Beth Goodnight at for registration questions.

If you have recently completed RCR training at a different institution, please check with the Office of Research Compliance to determine if you have met NIH or NSF requirements.

Online Training

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program

CITI offer discipline specific (Biomedical, Social & Behavioral Research, Physical Sciences, Humanities, Engineers, Administrators) courses. The RCR topic areas include: Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, Lab Animals and Human Subjects*.

Instructions for accessing the CITI Course in the Responsible Conduct of Research/Human Subjects Training:

Step 1: Visit the CITI home page. Login (skip to Step 4) or Select "Register" to create your own username and password.

Step 2: Enter and select "University of Texas at Dallas" under "Select Your Organization Affiliation”.  Select “Continue to Step 2” to proceed.

Step 3: Enter your Name and email address and select “Continue to Step 3”.

Step 4: On the CITI Main Menu, visit "Add a course or update your learner groups"

Step 5: Select Responsible Conduct of Research or Human Subjects Research and the learner group that is most appropriate to your research (options for RCR listed below):

  • RCR for Biomedical Sciences course
  • RCR for Engineering course
  • RCR for Humanities course
  • RCR for Physical Sciences course
  • RCR for Social, Behavioral, and Education (SBE) Sciences course

Step 6: From the Learner’s Menu page, you can now access and complete the course(s) you selected.

Step 7: To return to the course later, you can log in at the following link: CITI Program

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Participant Protections Education*

The UTD Institutional Review Board (IRB) requires that all individuals working with human subjects in research complete an instructional program before the IRB will review an application. This policy reflects UT Dallas's commitment to the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research and incorporates the requirements of the NIH.

The required training is a no-cost tutorial developed by the NIH, Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams. This course can be completed in approximately one hour. A set of 3 to 5 questions follows each of six topics covering the topics such as history, informed consent, and ongoing protection.

*The online CITI RCR and Human Subjects Research and NIH Human Subjects courses each satisfy NSF training requirements only and may be taken by undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral researchers. These online courses may satisfy partial requirements for NIH training requirements. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance to determine if you have met NIH requirements.

Classroom Courses

Scientific Integrity and Research Ethics (HCS 6399; ACN 6399; PSYC 6399): This course covers critical issues associated with scientific integrity, data handling and management, authorship, peer review, conflicts of interest, research fraud and misconduct, issues in animal and human research (i.e., protections for research subjects), ownership of data and intellectual property, responsibilities of principal and co-principal investigators, and financial disclosures. This course satisfies NSF/NIH grant funding requirements.

Bioethics (SCI 5329): Bioethics incorporates philosophy and values that are at the heart of emerging technology, research, public understanding, and government policy. Focus on issues related to biotechnology in health care, ecology, agriculture and environmental disciplines including genetic transference, applied evolution technologies, assisted suicide, and new reproductive technologies. Students explore hypothetical and actual cases of bioethical dilemmas. Intensive writing component and discussion of teaching and policy development. Viewpoints examined include those of scientists, health professionals, theologians, policymakers and laypeople. This course satisfies NSF/NIH grant funding requirements.

Social Issues & Ethics in Engineering and Computing Science (ECS 3361; SOCS 3361): This course exposes students to major theoretical approaches and modes of reasoning about ethics while exploring a range of important professional and ethical issues in computing and engineering, and the interrelationship between the computing and engineering professions and important elements of social systems. Issues of professional ethics, computer crime and privacy, intellectual property, the balance between the acceptability of risk and constraints such as cost, scheduling, safety and quality, the role of globalization and various important constitutional issues are explored by drawing upon engineering and computing case studies. This course satisfies NSF/NIH grant funding requirements.

**Please check the University catalog for availability. Other courses or courses completed at a different institution may satisfy the requirement. Please contact the Office of Research Compliance to determine if you have met previously met NIH or NSF requirements.

Ethics Seminars

Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology: The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology was established in 2009 to help the students and faculty of The University of Texas at Dallas, as well as the surrounding community, to understand, evaluate, and support the improvement of the ethical and cultural influences on and implications of science and technology.

The center hosts lectures and workshops throughout the year.  In a cross-disciplinary approach to fostering public intellectualism, an international group of authors, artists, scientists, philosophers, theorists, and engineers engage a diverse audience in thinking about issues such as:

  • “Creativity in the Age of Technology” (2009 series)
  • “Exploring Human Enhancement” (2010)
  • "Funded and Forbidden Knowledge: Science, Politics and Cultural Values" (2011)
  • "The Heart of Medicine: Values and Ethics in Health Care" (2012)
  • “Values in the Science and Practice of Medicine” (2013)

The speakers further play a role in our academic community by meeting with interested undergraduate and graduate students and with members of courses that are designed in conjunction with the series.

Participation in seminars may partially fulfill NSF and/or NIH training requirement. Contact the Office of Research Compliance for details regarding seminars and their applicability to training requirements: (972) 883-4730 or email