Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Adherence to ethical standards of practice and behavior in institutional activities is expected of all members of the Ball State University community, whether they be faculty, students, or staff members. 

Effective January 4, 2010, all universities receiving federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) are required to have a plan for training student personnel and postdoctoral researchers on NSF research grants in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Given the NSF mandate, and concurrent requirements from other federal agencies, all Ball State University undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers involved in any way on a federal award will be required to complete RCR training. In addition to this requirement, all NSF grant applications will be required to describe the plan for RCR training. Other federal grant applications may also require similar statements.

Provisions exist to review instances where individuals may not have met these standards.  A special case for considering allegations of misconduct arises in research projects which are supported by the Public Health Service (PHS), and by other agencies which have adopted special requirements for grantees when misconduct on the part of the project participants is alleged or confirmed. 

The Research Misconduct Policy is intended to identify steps to be taken when an allegation of misconduct is directed against any member of the university community who is a participant on a research project sponsored by the DHHS or other agencies requiring DHHS procedures relative to misconduct.                                                         

Responsible Conduct of Research training is available through Ball State's subscription to the CITI Program. Instructions for registering and taking the RCR course can be found on page 11 in the CITI Program Manual.

Office of Research Integrity, United States Department of Health and Human Services (

For information or questions regarding these policies, please contact the Office of Research Integrity at 765-285-5088 or Chris Mangelli at