NIH All About Grants Podcast: Responsible Conduct of Research and Training

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Karen Wehner, PhD, Office of Research Integrity, HHS
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Ericka Boone, PhD, Office of Extramural Research, NIH

A fundamental part of one’s growth as a researcher is understanding how scientific investigation is practiced with integrity, and knowing when and how to apply professional norms and ethical principles throughout the research process. To promote research integrity, NIH-supported trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars must receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research (RCR).

Join us for this episode of the NIH All About Grants podcast to learn more about the format, frequency, and timing of RCR instruction (Audio / Transcript). Our guests include Dr. Karen Wehner from the HHS Office of Research Integrity and Dr. Ericka Boone from the NIH Office of Extramural Research. They will share insights on the NIH policy, considerations for your application’s RCR plan, peer review assessment, and more.

“I think it’s important to think about…what’s practical, what is actually going to help foster that environment where research integrity and the responsible conduct of research are the norm…What is going to help the researchers as they’re conducting their research make the best decisions they can for the future of the research and for the research they’re conducting?” – Dr. Karen Wehner

“…Responsible conduct of research is the framework for not only thinking about but also personifying basic values in the context of day-to-day practice of good science. So RCR is essential for the preparation of future and early career investigators because it provides this basic framework for how we should live and breathe the day-to-day practice of good science as a process…” – Dr. Ericka Boone

Have a few more minutes? Check out this podcast on research misconduct too!

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