"Responsible Conduct of Research" (RCR) training is available as part of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. The training is strongly encouraged for all faculty and graduate researchers (particularly for incoming faculty, Department Chairs and TPC Chairs) and is required for faculty and graduate students in the Faculty of Applied Sciences. SFU's Research Integrity Officer is the first point of contact to discuss or report issues related to research integrity.
RCR is sometimes used interchangeably with "research integrity" or "research ethics" but these phrases do not always mean the same thing. RCR comprises the ethics of research practice, the promotion of high ethical standards in the conduct of research, and legal-regulatory compliance. Its importance is integrally connected to the prevention of behaviours that could cause harm to researchers, research communities, research participants or the public.
Like much of the training that researchers complete—for example, related to research involving human participants, the care of research animals, or on conflicts of interest—RCR instruction is often motivated by the goal of encouraging all researchers to behave ethically and to uphold the highest standards of conduct in research. When a researcher acts inappropriately, it erodes the trust that the public has in research communities. However, the operating assumption of RCR training is that most researchers aim to "do the right thing" and will do so provided they understand what that means in the context of their own research. RCR training and education is meant to provide that understanding.