Educational Programs

The Office of Research Integrity is committed to providing the highest level of education for the research community we support. To this end, we have organized and sponsored a number of educational initiatives in matters relating to Research Integrity in the conduct of human, animal, and basic scientific research, collaborating with the academic and biomedical research community at Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and its associated institutions and organizations.

Some presentations may only be accessed via the WCMC Intranet.

Fulfilling the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

On November 24, 2009, the NIH updated its policy on the requirements for instruction in the responsible conduct of research. The updated policy and requirements apply to all NIH Institutional Research Training Grants, Individual Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards (Institutional and Individual), Research Education Grants, Dissertation Research Grants, or other grant programs with a training component that requires instruction in responsible conduct of research as noted in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Starting January 4 2010, the NSF also requires institutions to verify that undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research have received training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR). More information can be found at NSF's Grantee Standards Guide.

It is important to note that the particular requirements differ somewhat based on award and application type. For example, the frequency, duration, and faculty participation in the instruction differs based on award type (e.g., institutional training, individual awards, etc), and the application procedures and reporting requirements differ based on application type (i.e., new or renewal).

WCMC offers a variety of educational programs to meet the requirements for providing formal instruction in the responsible conduct of research, which programs are open to all members of the WCMC community. The cornerstone course in the responsible conduct of research at WCMC is a comprehensive semester long course, which is offered annually in the fall. Additional detailed information about this course as well as other RCR opportunities can be found in the WCMC Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Responsible Conduct of Research Course (RCR)

Every year, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) conducts the Responsible Conduct of Research Program (Tri-RCA) for graduate students, clinical research trainees and scholars from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. The curriculum includes both live sessions and an online course. For additional information please contact the course director Dr. Mary Simmerling at

Tri-RCR Course Schedules - 2008-2013

Research Coordinators' Network

The Research Coordinators' Network (RCN) is an educational and networking opportunity for the WCMC research community. The RCN provides the WCMC research coordinator community with timely updates on a variety of Research Integrity and compliance related issues.

To join the RCN listserv and receive notification about RCN events and training opportunities, please email with your request.

Topic-Specific Presentations

The Office of Research Integrity has developed and presented a number of topic-specific educational presentations for a variety of audiences across the Weill Cornell Medical College campus.

To request training on a specific topic, contact Milda Plioplys, C.I.P., Assistant Director of the Human Subjects Protections Program at