Responsible Conduct in Research

Private and public funding of research and scholarship has brought increased scrutiny and greater demands for accountability from the academic and research communities. It is generally accepted that research must be conducted morally and in accordance with certain federal mandates initiated by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). In order to comply with these standards, the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) has the responsibility and obligation to train members of its research community in the areas relevant to their activities and to certify compliance with research policies.

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program at TEES is part of the educational and outreach activities of Research Services. The program is designed increase the knowledge of and coordinates the practice of responsible and ethical research to TEES researchers.

The RCR program at TEES is divided into nine categories. Complete review of this curriculum is highly recommended for TEES researchers that conduct both funded and unfunded research. These nine elements outlined by ORI form a basic foundation and should be used to encourage consistency in coverage of important ethical issues through undergraduate and graduate programs and through faculty and staff development programs.


The following list encompasses elements that have been outlined as core training areas by ORI and TEES:

  • Data acquisition & management, sharing and ownership
  • Conflict of interest and commitment
    • 15.01.03.E1.01
  • Human subjects
  • Animal welfare
  • Research misconduct
    • 15.99.03.E1.01, 15.99.03.E1.02, 15.99.03.E1.03, 15.99.03.E1.04
  • Publication practices and responsible authorship
  • Mentor/trainee responsibilities
  • Peer review
  • Collaborative science
  • Intellectual Property
    • 17.02.01.E1.01

The University Rule for Responsible Conduct in Research can be accessed here.

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