frequently asked questions

What is Responsible Conduct of Research?

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is defined as the practice of scientific investigation with integrity.  It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.

What is Good Clinical Practice?

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for the design, conduct, performance, monitoring, auditing, recording, analyses and reporting of clinical trials and studies.

For more information on GCP, visit Research Navigator.

How do I meet the NIH/NSF Mandate for Responsible Conduct of Research?

Partners has developed a Responsible Conduct of Research course to satisfy NIH & NSF RCR requirements. The Partners RCR course includes completion of three mandatory components: 1) CITI Online RCR training; 2) a 4-hour Partners RCR seminar; and 3) at least 4 hours of RCR-eligible lectures

For more information on RCR requirements, visit Research Navigator.

How do I meet the NIH Mandate for Good Clinical Practice?

You can fulfill the NIH requirement  by completing the CITI Course: Good Clinical Practices Research. To register or login to the CITI training, click here. Type ‘Brigham and Women’s Hospital’ when prompted to select your organizational affiliation.

For more information on GCP, visit Research Navigator.

How do I access CITI Training?

To register or login to the CITI training, click here. Type ‘Brigham and Women’s Hospital’ when prompted to select your organizational affiliation.

For information on how to access and fulfill the CITI training requirements, visit Research Navigator.

How often must I renew my CITI Training?

Every 3 years.

What are the BWH required trainings for animal researchers?

You can access the BWH Required Training for Animal Researchers here.

What are the BWH required trainings for clinical researchers?

  • Responsible Conduct of Research Required Training:
  • CITI Training Required (must be renewed every 3 years):
    • The Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel BASIC Course; or
    • The Social & Behavioral Research BASIC Course; or
    • The Good Clinical Practices Research BASIC Course
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
    • If you are currently receiving NIH funding for clinical trials research or will be applying for NIH funding to support a clinical trial, you must complete training in GCP. See NIH Policy. For more information on GCP, visit Research Navigator.

How do I register for Brigham Research Education courses?