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Ethics in Research Training for Postdocs

Upcoming Virtual Sessions:

The NIH believes that ongoing training in research ethics is an integral part of your training and practicing as a scientist or clinician. This is reflected in the Responsible Conduct of Research training requirement described at: NOT-OD-10-019 Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research, which describes the ethics training one must be able to demonstrate when applying for both K awards and Extramural Grants. If you are planning on moving into an extramural scientific career and applying for NIH funding, you will be expected to have demonstrated a history of in-person RCR training and a plan to address future research ethics training needs.

This course, "Becoming a Responsible Scientist" is offered as a full-day workshop (10:00am - 4:30pm), using a combination of lecture, video, writing exercises, small group discussions, and full class discussions. Certificates will be issued to those who successfully complete the entire course.

Topics covered include but are not restricted to:

  • The impact of research misconduct on individuals, institutions, the scientific enterprise, and society.
  • The history and modern oversight of Animal and Human Subjects regulations.
  • Formal definitions of "Research Misconduct" and discussion about Questionable Research Practices.
  • An explanation of resources provided by NIH and how to find and use them.
  • How an investigation into research misconduct unfolds.
  • Data management; collection, protection, and sharing.
  • Mentor-mentee relationships.
  • Conflict of Interest.
  • Peer Review.
  • Expectations of trainees as scientists at NIH.

This course includes material on being an ethics mentor and discussions about best practices for setting up one's own lab.

The Following IC's offer and require their own ethics training: NIEHS. This course will not substitute for those requirements.

This course is required by CC, NCATS, NCCIH, NCI, NEI, NHLBI, NHGRI, NIA, NIAAA, NIAID, NIAMS, NIBIB, NICHD, NIDA, NIDCD, NIDCR, NIDDK, NIMH, NINDS, NINR, and NLM. It only needs to be taken once in a training period.

If you are unsure if your IC requires or strongly recommends that you to attend this training, please contact your IC's Training Director. Any postdoc is welcome to take the course.

NIH Intramural trainees who do not have access to their NIH email address should contact Dr. Andrea Naranjo Erazo to register for this training.