Responsible Conduct of Research 

The Public Health Service and National Science Foundation require recipients of grants to develop policies on scientific misconduct and adopt procedures to both uncover acts of research fraud and examine allegations of misconduct in the conduct of research. Binghamton University follows the below policies regarding the responsible conduct of research in all fields throughout the University.

Binghamton University's Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research

Binghamton University's Expectations on Research Data

Training Requirements

Research and training programs are requirements through federal sponsors including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and others. These requirements stipulate that undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers conducting research under funded programs must receive training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Every University receiving grant support from the NSF and specific funded programs through the NIH must have in place an RCR program as a condition for accepting these grants.

Online Training

At Binghamton all undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers supported in any part by a grant from the NSF or the NIH are required to complete an online training program.

Binghamton University utilizes Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to complete online training programs. This same program is in use by many research-intensive universities nationwide.


Procedures for  Online CITI Training

Binghamton University faculty, staff and students Log into CITI via Single Sign On (SSO) and chose SUNY-University at Binghamton LINK TO CITI

University guests and other users: If you are not already registered with CITI, you will need to register here:

When you complete registration or sign in you will need to select the RCR program.

Skip questions numbered 1 through 4
For question 5, select: Yes

The next page will verify your affiliation with SUNY – University at Binghamton and asks if you would like to be affiliated with another institution. Select: No.

Your faculty PI will instruct you on what course to take for your research.   


Face-to-Face Seminars

NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award, research education grant and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research.

The Research Compliance Office within the Division of Research at Binghamton University will conduct face-to-face workshops covering subjects including but not limited to: acquisition, management, sharing and ownership of data; animal welfare; authorship/plagiarism; collaboration; conflict of interest; human subject protections; mentoring; peer review; and ethics in research.

Documentation of Training

The Division of Research will monitor completion of the CITI modules and will contact you if not completed promptly.  Documentation will be maintained by the Division of Research. You may also print for your own records a completion certificate from CITI. A copy of this certificate should be maintained by the student or postdoctoral researcher should there be any question concerning completion of this requirement.



If you have questions or concerns please contact the Research Compliance Office by phone at 607-777-4664 or by email at or Contact Nancy Lewis, Assistant Vice President of Research Compliance by phone at 607-777-3532 or by email at

Last Updated: 1/24/17