Employees and students engaged in research and scholarship across the University of Michigan will be required to complete an expanded training course that outlines important guidance about responsible conduct in research and scholarship.

The updated Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship training course, which is designed to meet expanded federal requirements, will be available Aug. 1 through My LINC and must be completed by June 30, 2021.

“Researchers across our three campuses strive to maintain the highest standards in pursuit of new knowledge, and so we all have a shared commitment when it comes to strengthening the culture of ethical research and compliance,” said Rebecca Cunningham, vice president for research.

The training requirement applies to U-M employees and students from all three campuses who are engaged in any facet of research and scholarship, including, but not limited to:

  • Publishing activities (journal articles, book writing, literary criticism, legal research, technical and institutional research reports, literature reviews and historical scholarship, among other forms).
  • Oral or poster presentations of research and scholarship.
  • Collection and analysis of data, information, biospecimens or records.
  • Inclusion as personnel on sponsored research or scholarship grants and awards.
  • Inclusion as personnel on internally funded research or scholarship grants and awards.
  • Development or leadership of centers that generate new knowledge, research or scholarship.
  • Media contributions.
  • Creative expression or performance and visual arts activities (compositions, presentations, performances, exhibits and similar projects).

RCRS training is part of the Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship and, therefore, the expanded course replaces the previous three PEERRS modules: Authorship, Publication and Peer Review; Conflict of Interest; and Foundations of Good Research Practices. Recent completion of these previous modules is no longer sufficient and so individuals must take the expanded PEERRS-RCRS course, which covers U-M employees and students for three years.

The Office of the Vice President for Research is developing a dashboard so that leadership within schools, colleges and units can visualize their teams’ compliance with the expanded online training requirement. My LINC also will send automated reminder emails to individuals who have not yet completed their RCRS training.