Online RCR Course

West Virginia University offers the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) RCR course for researchers who wish to take it by directive or voluntarily. For those researchers, staff, and students who have taken the CITI human and/or animal research protections courses, the process and format are the same. The online RCR course can be found at To begin the course at the CITI site, you will need to register. If you are new to CITI, or if you are already registered, then you should simply login with your username and password. Follow the directions that follow and you will be able to find the RCR course.

Once you have reached the list of courses, you will discover that, under the first heading “Responsible Conduct of Research” there is a list of six (6) RCR courses. Please choose the most appropriate course for your current or expected area of research. You do not need to complete more than one of the six courses.

The online course is currently required for any student (undergraduate or graduate) or postdoctoral fellow who will be funded by any NSF research grant that was initially awarded any time after January 4th, 2010.

The online course is also currently required for all trainees, postdoctoral fellows, and scholars who will be funded by any NIH grant that is new or a renewal awarded after January 25th, 2010 or any NIH continuation (type 5) grant awarded after January 1st, 2011. This requirement only applies to any of the following NIH grant award types (see your PI to find the type of grant award):

D Series: D43, D71
F Series: F05, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38
K Series: K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2
R Series: R00/K99, R25, R36, R90/T90
T Series: T15, T32, T34, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2
Other: U2R

For a brief description of each of the six RCR courses detailing what each course encompasses, please choose one of the following links for a downloadable and printable PDF.