Responsible Conduct of Research

Ferris State University (FSU) offers training and educational opportunities for faculty & students involved in all aspects of undergraduate research and when applicable, graduate research. The following Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program satisfies both the NIH & NSF requirements and incorporates online and face-to-face training. 

On-Line Training

FSU Utilizes the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) course in the Responsible Conduct of Research to provide a basic training in RCR. Training has been in place since 2012, is completed online and consists of the following modules:

  • Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Research Misconduct
  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Social & Behavioral Module
  • Biomedical Modules
  • Human Subjects
  • Animal Care & Use
  • Human Subject Research
  • Good Clinical Practice


Face-to-Face Training 

Individuals must complete the following:

Research Ethics Conversations are offered regularly and are facilitated by the Office of Academic Training. Sessions consist of an hour long lecture and discussion. Individuals will attend at least 4 conversations offered in a year. Topics covered include:

  • Animals in Research
  • Authorship
  • Biosafety & Lab Safety
  • Collaboration in Research
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Human Subjects in Research
  • Intellectual Property
  • Peer Review
  • Research Misconduct