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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison strives to foster the highest scholarly and ethical standards among its students, faculty, and staff. Several federal requirements ensure those conducting research are trained in responsible conduct of research.


University of Wisconsin–Madison Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Policy
Training requirements vary by agency; UW–Madison agency specific responsible conduct of research policies and guidance are included on individual agency pages.

National Science Foundation: All principal investigators, co-investigators, faculty, key persons, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate supported by NSF research funding at the University of Wisconsin–Madison must take the Responsible Conduct of Research course in Canvas.

USDA NIFA: At UW–Madison, principal investigators, co-investigators and participants supported by a USDA NIFA award must take the “Responsible Conduct of Research” course in Canvas. This includes, but is not limited to, undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and sub-recipient participants.

USDA NIFA Capacity (142) Awards: All UW–Madison active principal investigators, co-investigators, undergraduate students and graduate students supported by 142 Hatch funds, must receive responsible conduct of research course in Canvas.

National Institutes of Health: Requires a minimum of eight hours of face-to-face training every four years for trainees, fellows, participants and scholars supported by some types of D, F, K, R, T, and U awards. At UW–Madison, the plan for meeting these requirements is included in the grant application.