Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training aims to educate students, faculty, and staff in the ethical way to conduct research. RCR training is required for projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health. UNK also requires students participating in URCA sponsored programs to complete the training. 

At UNK, RCR training is managed through the CITI-Program. Instructions for registering and completing the training are below, as well as guidance for who must take the training.

Who? Undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. Faculty are encouraged. All personnel involved in research related activities, including students, faculty, and staff. All participating students.

NIH: Every 4 years

NSF: One time requirement

One time requirement One time Requirement
Other information Students participating in NIH training grants are required to take additional training as directed by the PI. NA NA


CITI Instructions

To register with CITI, follow these steps: 

  • You can log in and out as often as you wish, and you can retake the modules as often as you need to pass the training. 
  • When registering search for the University of Nebraska at Kearney to affiliate. 

From the CITI Program site, select “Add a course” and then under question 3 ("Responsible Conduct of Research Course Selection") select the appropriate designation. 


FAQ's on CITI training.

Access the CITI training web site.