Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Responsible Conduct of Research

 Instructional Components of an RCR Training Program
Research Misconduct Data Acquisition, Sharing, and Ownership
Protection of Human Subjects Peer Review
Animal Welfare Collaborative Research
Contemporary Ethical Issues in Science Publications Practice and Responsible Authorship 
Mentor and Trainee Relationships Conflicts of Interest and Commitment


Penn is committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards in research endeavors and ensures investigators are educated in “best practices.” The Vice Provost for Research encourages all Penn constituents to take advantage of the University’s RCR training opportunities. See, Research Related Training.

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RCR training is mandated for undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and faculty funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH RCR Notice) training grants and career awards. RCR training is also required for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF RCR Notice).

Depending on your school affiliation, career stage and type of funding, you may be required to complete an on-line RCR course offered by Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), as well as participate in other program-specific types of training. You should always consult your mentor for specific training requirements. 

For additional guidance:

Biomedical Graduate Students (BGS) – Contact Colleen Dunn, Curriculum Coordinator at

Biomedical Postdoctoral Program Affiliates (BPP) and Faculty on K Awards not affiliated with BPP – Contact Mary Anne Timmins, Administrative Director at You may also visit the BPP website.

SEAS Graduate Students - Contact Sonya Gwak, Associate Director for Student Affairs and Graduate Admissions at

SAS Graduate Students - Contact Kathleen M. Clawson, Coordinator of Faculty Affairs at

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