Research Compliance

The sub-unit of Research Compliance (within the key unit of Research Compliance and Export Controls) is comprised of the Research Regulatory Oversight Committees and the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Research Regulatory Oversight Committees

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Edinburg location:
EPHYS 1.168
Brownsville location:
BPOB2 1.103C&E


The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The RCR encompasses all aspects of research with the goal of fostering integrity and deterring misconduct in research.  It includes areas such as Research Misconduct, Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership, Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship, Peer Review, Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities, Conflicts of Interest and Commitment, Collaborative Research, Human Subjects, and Animal Welfare.

It is important to know that while UTRGV is required to document RCR training for all funded projects, research integrity and the elements of the RCR apply to all research, scholarship and creative activities - funded or not.

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive at least eight contact hours of instruction in responsible conduct of research every four years, in the format of substantial face-to-face discussions, or a combination of didactic and small-group discussions.  Online training is not sufficient.  

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) has required UTRGV to describe in its grant proposals for science and engineering research or education a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed project.  "Oversight" means tracking and verification that the requirement has been met.  

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