Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Postdoctoral Affairs Responsible Conduct of Research


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is defined as "the practice of scientific investigation with integrity." It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.

As part of the America COMPETES Act of 2007, all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH or NSF training, career development , research education, or fellowship grants must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research at least once every four years during each career stage (undergraduate student, graduate student, postdoctoral associate).

At Baylor College of Medicine, all research participants are encouraged to participate in RCR training. Graduate students receive RCR training as part of the curriculum within the M.S. and Ph.D. programs offered at BCM. For postdocs, there are annual training sessions held each spring in the months of March, April, and May. This training takes place via four training modules, each including lecture topics and small-group case study discussions. If all four training modules are not completed in the same year, the remainder can be completed the following year. Modules are independent and can be viewed in any order.


Topics Covered in Responsible Conduct of Research Training

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Data Acquisition & Record Keeping

Research Misconduct & Safe Practices in the Lab

Authorship, Peer Review, & Conflicts of Interest

Ethics in Research with Human Subjects

Responsible Authorship

Ethics in Biomedical Studies involving Animals

Collaboration in Research and with Industry

The Scientist as Responsible Member of Society

Mentorship & The Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Rigor & Reproducibility – Topics A

Rigor & Reproducibility – Topics B



Each year on the first Monday in February, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will announce dates for Postdoc RCR training. This announcement will be made via the BCM Postdoc Listserv. Registration is handled via the PAPS system by the announced deadlines.


Spring 2022 Training Information


Responsible Conduct of Research Training for postdocs will be held in 2022 on Tuesday afternoons during the month of April (April 5, 12, 19 and 26). Sessions will run from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. The location will be Kleberg Auditorium in the DeBakey Building on the main campus (Room M215) located above the DeBakey Museum. The entrance is on the second floor between the Graduate School dean's office and the School of Medicine dean's office. All BCM masking protocols will be followed.

There are two registration methods. Postdoctoral associates & fellows must register using the PAPS system. Note: Postdocs must certify (or re-certify) their profile before registration. If you have any difficulties, contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Any other BCM faculty/staff who wish to attend the training can register using the online form below. Postdocs may not register using the online form. The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

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Training Dates for 2022

  • Tuesday, April 5, 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Kleberg Auditorium (Module 1)
  • Tuesday, April 12, 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Kleberg Auditorium (Module 4)
  • Tuesday, April 19, 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Kleberg Auditorium (Module 2)
  • Tuesday, April 26, 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Kleberg Auditorium (Module 3)

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


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Academic Policies


View the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences policies and procedures manual as well as College-wide policies relevant to postdoctoral fellows and faculty mentors.