Responsible Conduct of Research Training


Integrity in biomedical and behavioral research supported by U.S. federal funding is of paramount importance to the Augusta University research community. All postdocs are further advised to fully understand the ESSENTIAL Augusta University research policies (see Section 06).

Training Requirements

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training is required of all new Augusta University postdocs.

RCR Training at Augusta University is provided through the CITI.  CITI is the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative program administered by the University of Miami that provides research ethics education to members of the research community. New postdocs are given one month from the time they receive notice to complete the Augusta University CITI program course.
CITI is a protected site. To gain access, every new user must register.

  • New Users: Register through CITI
  • Already Registered with CITI?
  • The completed CITI RCR course generates a Completion Report. Credit for taking the RCR is granted only when the CITI RCR Completion Report is sent to IPSO by e-mail or fax 706-721-9517 or 706-434-7485.

Topics covered in the CITI RCR

  • Introduction to Research Misconduct
  • Biomedical Research Misconduct Module
  • Data Acquisition and Management –Biomedical
  • Responsible Authorship and Publication
  • Peer Review
  • Responsible Mentoring
  • Biomedical Conflicts of Interest and Commitment
  • Conduct of Collaborative Science Relationships
  • Lab Animal Welfare
  • Human subjects

N.B. Postdocs may be required to receive training from other CITI courses in addition to the RCR course. Once you have registered, you can login directly to the CITI site and continue with other required courses.

U.S. Policies: Office of Research Integrity The ORI monitors institutional investigations of research misconduct and facilitates the responsible conduct of research (RCR) training through educational, preventive, and regulatory activities.