Responsible Conduct of Research

Penn is committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards in research endeavors and ensures investigators are educated in "best practices." The Vice Provost for Research encourages all Penn constituents to take advantage of the University’s RCR training opportunities.

Instructional Components of an RCR Training Program

Research Misconduct

Protection of Human Subjects

Animal Welfare

Contemporary Ethical Issues in Science

Conflicts of Interest and Commitment

Data Acquisition, Sharing, and Ownership

Peer Review

Collaborative Research

Publications Practice and Responsible Authorship

Mentor and Trainee Relationships

RCR training is mandated for undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and faculty funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH RCR Notice) training grants and career awards. RCR training is also required for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF RCR Notice).  See also our page on Research Related Training.

Depending on your school affiliation, career stage and type of funding, you may be required to complete an on-line RCR course offered by Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), as well as participate in other program-specific types of training. You should always consult your mentor for specific training requirements.

For additional guidance:

  • Biomedical Graduate Students (BGS) – Contact Colleen Dunn, Curriculum Coordinator at
  • Biomedical Postdoctoral Program Affiliates (BPP) and Faculty on K Awards not affiliated with BPP – Contact Mary Anne Timmins, Administrative Director at You may also visit the BPP website.
  • SEAS Graduate Students – Contact Craig Ryan, Associate Director, Office of the Dean at
  • SAS Graduate Students – Contact Janel Baselice, Faculty Affairs Manager at


Applications for the Penn Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowships (Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity) are now open. The deadline is Nov 15, 2020. MORE

Now accepting applications for "Social Inequality in Health Status and Health Care" grants. Opportunities for
1) Topics addressing various aspects of disparities in health status
2) General biomedical research carried out by faculty disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.