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Federal Requirements for Responsible Conduct of Research Education

Anyone working on a federally funded research project must complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training as specified in the institutional plans we provide to federal agencies. Specific RCR training requirements are the same of Principal Investigators, students, postdoctoral researchers and research staff. However, Principal Investigators have particular responsibilities as mentors and as team leaders. Principal Investigators must reinforce the importance of research integrity with their research teams and must be prepared to teach and mentor others.

To meet the requirement for training, Lehigh maintains membership in the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web-based training programs. CITI RCR training is offered in five disciplines: biomedical, social and behavioral science, physical science, humanities and engineering. At the time of registration in the course, new users should associate themselves with Lehigh University. The course can be found at

NOTE: There is no charge to Lehigh University students or faculty to use the CITI program. First time users click on Learners: Buy Now, then select Lehigh University as your organization, and register.

If you have questions regarding this requirement, you may contact your Contract and Grant Specialist in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
The following provide more details on specific federal funding requirements. General information, applicable to all research at Lehigh, can be found on the main research integrity page.

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