|RCR Program Descriptions|
The following responsible conduct of research (RCR) projects were supported by the National Postdoctoral Association's (NPA) "Bring RCR Home" project. They provide a range of approaches for providing RCR training for postdocs, with specific emphasis on addressing the particular needs and perspectives of the postdoctoral scholar. Among these perspectives are the cultural diversity among predominantly international postdocs, the frequent lack of official standing for postdocs in their institutional community, and the implications of short-term appointments on data and project ownership. The NPA encourages creative approaches for engaging postdocs in RCR topics, such as integrating them with training in other critical professional skills like the various components of lab management. For additional tips on designing RCR programs for postdocs, consult the NPA's RCR toolkit.
Michigan State University
"Extending the Horizon by Communicating with Postdoctoral Trainees about RCR"
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
"Oak Ridge Associated Universities RCR Program for Postdocs"
San Diego Postdoctoral Training Consortium: Burnham Institute for Medical Research, Salk Institute of Biological Sciences, The Scripps Research Institute, and University of California, San Diego
"San Diego Lab Management Course"
Stevens Institute of Technology
"Responsible Conduct of Research Training Program for Postdoctoral Research Community"
"Syracuse University Postdoctoral Seminar Series on Responsible Conduct of Research"
"Bringing RCR Home to Tufts Postdocs"
University at Buffalo, SUNY
"Postdoc Survival Skills"
University Health Network
"University Health Network RCR Program for Postdocs"
University of California, Irvine
"UCI Community of Postdoctoral Scholars"
University of California, Los Angeles Society of Postdoctoral Scholars
"UCLA Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Program for Postdoctoral Scholars"
University of California, San Diego
"Incorporating Lessons of RCR into Scientific Writing"
University of Cincinnati Postdoctoral Association
"Enhancing Postdoctoral RCR Training Using Technology to Open New Lines of Communication"
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Biomedical Research Ethics Train-the-Trainer Course for Postdoctoral Scholars"
University of South Alabama
"Postdoctoral Training at the University of South Alabama: Incorporating RCR in the Pathway to Independence"
University of South Florida
"Enhancing Postdoctoral Professional Development (EP2D) and USF"
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Postdoc Association
"UTPhDA: Research Conduct, Ethics & Management Workshop"
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Postdoctoral Association
"Bringing RCR Home for Postdocs at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center"
Wake Forest University
"Bring RCR Home to Post-doctoral Scholars at Wake Forest University"
"'Bringing Home RCR' for Postdoctoral Trainees at Brown University"
"Howard University Responsible Conduct of Research Course For Postdocs"
Indiana University Bloomington
"Creation of an RCR-training program for postdoctoral associates, a vehicle to initiate a postdoctoral support apparatus at Indiana University, Bloomington"
Massachusetts General Hospital Postdoctoral Association (MGPA)
"Communication and Difficult Conversations"
Powerpoint presentation about the MGPA program: Sahin RCR Presentation
Medical University of South Carolina
"MUSC International Scholars Orientation Program"
Powerpoint presentation about the MUSC program: Krug RCR Presentation
Stanford University Postdoctoral Scholars Organization (SUPD)
"'Soft' skills for post-docs -- transition into a job successfully"
Powerpoint presentation about the SUPD program: McGuigan RCR Presentation
The Pennsylvania State University
"Laboratory Management and RCR Strategies for Postdocs"
The University of Iowa
"Developing an Effective Responsible Conduct of Research Program in Perinatal Biology for Postdoctoral Trainees"
The University of Kansas
"University of Kansas Postdoc Brown Bag Lunch Series on Responsible Conduct of Research"
University of Pennsylvania
"Scientific Integrity: A Training Seminar on Conflicts in Research and Education"
University of Pittsburgh
"Insider's View on Responsible Conduct: An Interactive Forum for Emerging Investigators to Explore Contemporary Issues in Academia, Industry, Government, and Beyond…"
Primary Contact: Steven Wendell, Assistant Director, Office of Academic Career Development
University of Washington
"Fostering Responsible Conduct of Research Programs for Postdocs at the University of Washington"
Powerpoint presentation about the UW program: Gething RCR Presentation
The Bring RCR Home seed grants are no longer available.
NPA's "Bring RCR Home" project offered seed grants of up to $1000 to help support the establishment of RCR programs directed at postdocs. Programs could be brand new or can expand upon existing programs so long as they address the particular needs and perspectives of the postdoctoral scholar.
The competition was open to all postdoctoral offices and associations. Attendees at the 2007 and 2008 training workshops are given favorable consideration in the grant competition. Applicants need not be members of the NPA. Applications from research institutions without a formal organization dedicated to postdocs will also be considered.
Applications are submitted online and should include a description of the proposed program as well as the institutional support. Prospective applicants should consider the type of program they would like to deliver, which RCR topic(s) would be included, how the program will benefit and attract postdocs as well as how the seed grant can provide a foundation for future programming.