Research Integrity

About Research Integrity

The Research Integrity Certificate provides a foundation for identifying, understanding and addressing the complex ethical dimensions of conducting research. Those completing the certificate program will have obtained a basic understanding of topics associated with research integrity - including cultural aspects, goals for facilitating research integrity, and strategies for creating an institutional culture that values ethical and responsible practices in research. Topics addressed may include:

  • data ownership and management,
  • social responsibility,
  • animal welfare and human subjects protection,
  • peer review,
  • collaboration,
  • mentoring,
  • authorship,
  • research misconduct,
  • international research, and
  • conflict of interest and commitment.


The certificate provides educational enrichment for those with interests and shared responsibilities associated with ethical dimensions in the conduct of research including research administrators, senior management, executives, and members of compliance review boards (e.g., IRB, IACUC, ESCRO). The certificate program is also recommended for investigators with an interest in addressing NIH and NSF training requirements specific to research ethics education. Participants complete requirements within three years.

Educational Objectives

Participants completing the certificate program will be able to:

  • Describe broadly the dimensions of research ethics including core areas generally associated with responsible conduct of research.
  • Articulate the relationship between ethical research principles, practices and compliance in ensuring integrity in research.
  • List tools, resources and approaches that are available to help promote research integrity within the research institution.

Certificate Course Requirements

Research Integrity is comprised of one half-day workshop, five required sessions and one elective session. The required courses are listed below; the electives may vary from meeting-to-meeting.

Required Workshop

Half-day workshop.

Introduction to Research Integrity

Content Level: Beginner

This required workshop for the Research Integrity certificate will provide participants with an overview of the role of research administrators in establishing and preserving cultures of integrity in the research enterprises within their institutions. The connection between institutional compliance programs and ethical decision-making at both individual and organizational levels will be explored, and historical events that have created increased awareness of research ethics will be reviewed. The workshop will focus on participant interaction and case analysis to identify strategies that strengthen organizational cultures of compliance and conscience.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be able to describe the three behaviors that are identified in federal regulations as constituting research misconduct.
  2. Be able to evaluate compliance initiatives and programs within the compliance framework established in the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations.

Prerequisites: None

Required Sessions

Must take five.

Participants must complete five sessions from any of the six categories, only one session per category.

  1. Research integrity general
  2. Research protections and compliance review boards (e.g., IACUC, IRB, ESCRO, Biosafety, conflicts of interest)
  3. Data management (e.g., record-keeping, data ownership, data sharing)
  4. Social responsibility
  5. Authorship, publication, or peer review
  6. Problem solving – skills, tools and resources to address problems in the research environment

Elective Sessions

Must take one.

May be selected from any of the above categories.