New Resource for Teaching Responsible Conduct of Research


The Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the Department of Energy has recently committed to support a web-based project to provide resources for instruction in the responsible conduct of research. This project is already receiving partial support from two other federal agencies: the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). An initial version of the website was completed in August of 2001 with ORI support and released for public use at: It is expected that this site will be a primary resource for anyone responsible for creating or improving programs for training or instruction in the responsible conduct of research (RCR). Access to the site is free to anyone with internet access, but is most likely to be useful to researchers working in government, academia, and industry. By making tools and resources readily available, this website will significantly reduce the barriers to developing effective RCR programs. Although this next phase of development is projected for three years, significant improvements and changes to the website will be made beginning as early as spring 2002. Comments and suggestions about this project are welcome and can be sent to the Project Director, Michael Kalichman, Ph.D. (Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Director of the Research Ethics Program at the University of California, San Diego, kalichman@ucsd.edu).