Responsible Conduct of Research & Scholarly Activity

As a land-grant institution, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) is accountable to New Hampshire residents and to the university community to ensure the ethical and safe conduct of research and scholarly activity. As an institution of higher education that prides itself on extensive research endeavors and the involvement of undergraduates and graduate students in research projects, UNH has an obligation to teach and actively promote integrity in research and scholarship.

To fulfill its obligations, UNH has embarked on a program on the responsible conduct of research and scholarly activity (RCR) to:

  • Raise the consciousness of faculty, staff, and students regarding the ethical and responsible conduct of research and scholarly activity,
  • Establish a knowledge base that defines normative and/or professional behavior to assist faculty, staff, and students in making ethical and responsible decisions in the conduct of research and scholarly activity, and
  • Foster an institutional culture of integrity in research and scholarly activity encompassing all stages of individuals' careers.

 

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Integrity is the essence of everything successful.
- R. Buckinster Fuller

Program Goals

  • Raise the conciousness of faculty, staff, and students regarding the ethical an dresponsible conduct of research and scholarly activity.
  • Establish a knowledge base that defines normative and/or professional behavior to assist faculty, staff, and students in making ethical and responsible decisions in the conduct of research and scholarly activity.
  • Foster an institutional culture of integrity in research and scholarly activity encompassing all stages of individuals' careers.

Topics Covered

  • Vertebrate Animals
  • Human Subjects
  • Data Management
  • Collaborative Research
  • Authorship & Publication
  • Peer Review
  • Mentoring
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Intellectual Property
  • Misconduct
  • Hazardous Materials/Lab Safety
  • Export Controls

Facts about RCR

  • 1,354 individuals completed RCR training
  • 99% of incoming Ph.D. students trained in RCR (since 2011)
  • 166 students completed GRAD 930
  • RCR offerings: 17 sections of GRAD 930, 25 campuswide triannual trainings, and 7 incoming Ph.D. student annual trainings
  • 27 faculty have facilitated at RCR trainings
  • 33,768 users completed RCR modules

*As of 5/18/2018

View Responsible Conduct of Research Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base contains forms, instruction and training material, policies, guidance, tools, and other resources to support your research efforts by topic area.


Contact Information

Julie Simpson, Director
Research Integrity Services
Service Building Room 107
51 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-2003
Email: julie.simpson@unh.edu