RCR Training

General Information

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is required by certain federal sponsors, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Refer to the UH Institutional Plan for RCR Training for details on which types of federal awards require RCR training and who must complete the training.

In order to meet the RCR training requirement, UH utilizes the online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. RCR training through CITI must be completed at least once and should be done within 30 days of hire or project involvement. After completing the online CITI RCR course, the participant will be issued a completion report from CITI. Please maintain records of your RCR course completion.

How to access the CITI Program for UH

  1. Go the CITI Program website, and log in through the UH single-sign-on dialog. If you already have a CITI account, you will be taken to your member Welcome page. If you don’t already have a CITI account, continue to step 2.
  2. Scroll through the list of organizations, find and select University of Hawai‘i.
    • IMPORTANT: Be sure to register through the University of Hawai‘i affiliation to avoid registration fees.
  3. Follow the prompts to create your account.

The CITI RCR course may take 4 or more hours to complete. CITI keeps track of your progress allowing you to complete the course over several sessions. It is strongly recommended that you utilize all the tools available, such as the video clips, case studies and elective modules. These tools provide a great deal of information regarding research integrity and research best practices.

For questions regarding RCR, email uhrcr@hawaii.edu.

Other RCR Information

Below please find links to core topics for education in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) courtesy of the United States Department of Health & Human Services Office of Research Integrity (ORI).

General Education

Authorship Resources

Peer Review



Data Management

Additional Resources