Finding and Validating Your RCR Training

There are two ways to locate your RCR Training online.

NSF RCR Training

Online Training

If you are taking the training to fulfill the NSF RCR requirement, it is recommended that you use the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training system found at You will create an account for yourself as a GW student, then go to the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) section, and complete the training. The CITI training takes approximately five hours. Upon completion of this course, please print out and provide the CITI RCR course certificate documenting your completion of all RCR modules listed below to your principal investigator (PI), with a copy of the printout to the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Outreach, Office of the Vice President for Research, 1922 F Street NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20052, or by e-mail to [email protected]. This training includes discussion of the following topics:

• Research Misconduct
• Data Acquisition and Management
• Responsible Authorship and Publication
• Peer Review
• Mentoring
• Conflicts of Interest and Commitment
• Collaborative Relationships

Instructions to Login to CITI Online Training System

  1. Go to the CITI Website at
  2. Under the "Help & Support" button in the bottom right of the screen, click on the "How to Register" button and follow the information there to register and log-in as a user affiliated with the George Washington University.
  3. Log-In
  4. Select "George Washington University Courses"
  5. Select "Add a Course or Update Learner Groups"
  6. Under Select Curriculum – George Washington University, click the box to select "Responsible Conduct of Research Training," and then click "Next"
  7. Select whichever one of the five offered RCR courses you prefer to take (Biomedical RCR, Social and Behavioral RCR, Physical Science RCR, Engineering RCR or Humanities RCR), and then click "Next"
  8. Begin reviewing the required modules

Upon successfully completing all modules, your name will be added to the list of course attendees and you have satisfied your training requirement.

Live Training

As an alternative to the online course, undergraduates, graduates and postdocs supported on NSF awards may instead choose to undertake 8 hours of live training as described in the NSF RCR Training Plan section of OVPR’s web site to fulfill the NSF RCR requirement.

NIH RCR Training

To fulfill NIH RCR Training Plan requirements, eight (8) hours of live training must be undertaken at least once during each career stage throughout a scientist’s career: at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, predoctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty levels; and at a frequency of no less than once every four years. Lectures are offered in the Spring and Fall semesters. For more information please see event listings in OVPR Research Updates.