Mandatory Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

NIFA has recently started implementing mandatory responsible and ethical conduct of research training (RCR). 

In your role as CE Specialist and/or Agron AES, you may receive funding from USDA NIFA capacity grants and are required to take this training per the USDA NIFA guidelines. Please follow the instructions below to register with CITI and complete the training.

ANR will be assisting SVM/CFAH in tracking your progress of the RCR training so proper documentation can be maintained.  Grantees are advised that the documentation of the training are subject to NIFA review upon request.

Thank you for your help in getting the School compliant with NIFA regulations and contact Rowena Banks if you have any questions.

New to CITI:

If you have never registered with CITI before:

Start here: www.citiprogram.org, click ‘Register’ on the right side and complete steps 1 through 7 below.

Step 1.        Select Your Organization Affiliation: Start typing University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources and select the organization name from the drop down list. Click Continue to Step 2. Do not select the UC Davis affiliation.

Step 2.        Type your Name and Email Address. Click Continue to Step 3.

Step 3.        Create your user name, password and security question. Click Continue to Step 4.

Step 4.        Enter your Country of Residence, Gender, Ethnicity and Race. Click Continue to Step 5.

Step 5.        Specify if you are interested in the option of receiving Continuing Education (CEU) credits for completion of CITI Program courses. Click Continue to Step 6.

Step 6.        Enter at a minimum your UC ANR Email Address, Department affiliation and your Role in Research. Click Continue to Step 7.

Step 7.        Select the appropriate RCR course based on your type of research or related activity.

  • Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers

If you serve in an administrative capacity choose:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research for Administrators

Click ‘Complete Registration’, then click ‘Finalize Registration’.

Existing CITI Registration:

Start here: www.citiprogram.org, click ‘Log in’ on the left side.

If you are currently affiliated with a different institution (including UC Davis), you’ll need to affiliate with UC ANR for this specific training. Do not take the USDA NIFA RCR course under your UC Davis affiliation.

Multiple affiliations are allowed by CITI. If applicable to your specific projects, IRB (human subjects) CITI training requirements will be completed via your affiliation with UC Davis. The RCR training is different from the IRB training basic/refresher course.

Click “Click here to affiliate with another Institution”.

  • Start typing “University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources” and select the organization name from the drop down list.
  • Enter at a minimum your Email Address, Department affiliation and your Role in Research. Click Next.
  • Select the appropriate RCR course based on your type of research or related activity.
  • Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course (Note: This course also includes Life Sciences)
  • Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers

If you serve in an administrative capacity choose:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research for Administrators

FAQ'S:

When is the training required to be completed?

The training is required to be completed within 60 days of this notice.

How long does the training take?

Depending on your familiarity with the RCR topic, each module should take about 15 minutes to complete with a total time of about 3 to 4 hours. The CITI program saves each module once completed so you can exit the training and return at a later date to continue where you left off.

How often will I have to retake the training?

Training is required every three years.

What will happen if I do not complete the training?

As this is a requirement of the federal award, if you do not complete the training you will be removed from the project until the RCR training is completed.