SITES - Resources and Courses
The Online Resource for Instruction
in Responsible Conduct of Research
This website contains comprehensive resources for instructors in responsible
conduct of research. The site includes appropriate goals for instructors,
suggested reading topics, as well as example teaching formats. There
are also links to tools such as texts, cases, and contacts instructors
can use, as well as an extensive guide to evaluating the effectiveness
of responsible conduct of research training courses.
NIH's Bioethics Resources on
This is the National Institute of Health's general bioethics resource
site. The website contains links to a wide range of topics in bioethics,
including specific topics in research ethics. There is a subtopic for
responsible conduct of research, which has links to educational resources,
government policies, organization positions, and research ethics tutorials.
The Online Ethics Center for
Engineering and Science
The Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science addresses research
ethics, moral leaders in science, and codes of ethics from around the
world. Educational resources include instructional materials for research
ethics, computer ethics and engineering ethics for both university and
high school level students. The site also includes a place where scientists
and engineers can pose specific ethics related problems they are dealing
with and ask for help interpreting them.
Public Responsibility in Medicine
and Research (PRIM&R)
PRIM & R is devoted to the advancement of strong research programs
and the consistent application of ethical precepts in research and medicine.
They address various issues in research ethics including education in
responsible conduct of research, scientific integrity, and conflict
of interest issues among others. Their site includes their upcoming
conferences, publications, news, and links to various other resources,
which are divided according to specific issues in research ethics.
Responsible Conduct of Research
The ORI offers a very extensive and thorough website on materials pertaining
to education in responsible conduct of research. The site has links
to various sites in every area pertaining to the responsible conduct
of research. This site is a good starting point for institutions looking
to start or improve programs on teaching research ethics and responsibility.
Ethics in Science
This site created by Virginia Tech contains a very extensive bibliography
and list of resources prior to 1997. The links and information given
in this website serve as a very thorough history and evolution of ethics
in science. Many of the topics deal specifically with research ethics,
on being a scientist, the norms of science, and the standards that are
associated with the field. There are also links to a list of essays
pertaining to various issues in science ethics.
Ethics Teaching Resources
Responsible Conduct of Research
Virginia Commonwealth University established this site on responsible
conduct of research as an educational resource. It contains information
on a course the university offers on scientific integrity, as well as
information regarding both VCU policy and procedure on intellectual
property, ethics in computing, and misconduct in research, and federal
policy on research misconduct and educational requirements for trainees,
and in human subjects research.
Research Ethics Program
The Research Ethics Program at University of California at San Diego
offers a wide variety of seminars, workshops and courses in research
ethics. The site lists the current courses and events and also serves
as a general source of information on research ethics. It also provides
information concerning rules and guidelines in the practice of ethical
research, in addition to links to other resources on the subject.
Ethical Issues in International
The Harvard School of Public Health established this website to deal
with various ethical issues in international health research. The site
addresses several issues in research, including principles of research
ethics, and includes questions to provoke thought, further readings,
related websites, and cases concerning each area.
Center for Ethics Education
The Fordham Center for Ethics Education focuses on ethics issues over
a wide spectrum of topics, including research ethics. The site includes
links to ethics resources, case studies, and a section on each special
topic they choose to address.
Applied Ethics in Professional
The National Institute of Engineering Ethics approaches the practice of ethics in a practical setting
among engineers by looking at a hypothetical case each month. The case
changes each month with varying ethical dilemmas, and a survey is conducted
for each case on what should be done in reaction to the problem at hand.
The cases deal with six core ethical values: integrity, honesty, fidelity,
charity, responsibility, and self-discipline. The site also includes
links to codes of ethics among engineering organizations, guidelines
to making ethical decisions, and problem solving tactics in professional
Teaching Ethics for Research,
Scholarship, and Practice
This website at the University of Minnesota is a resource for those
teaching ethics for research, scholarship and practice. The site offers
curriculum for thirteen areas of interest in regards to research ethics,
including social responsibility, fiscal responsibility, and the history
of ethics. The site also offers a database of instructional tools such
as books, articles, course syllabi, web tutorials, videotapes, and films.
There is also a list of outside links to help in the process of teaching
The Poynter Center is Indiana University's ethics center. The Center
deals with a wide range of ethical issues. One focus is on research
ethics, and a current project on teaching research ethics in coordination
with nine other schools. The site also includes links to the Center's
publications and other resources in ethics.
Courses and Workshops
NIH Research Training Opportunities:
Short Courses in Research Ethics
On May 16, 1997, during his apology to the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis
Study, President Bill Clinton mandated an initiative that led to short-term
courses in research ethics. This site lists all of the projects funded
under this initiative, along with contact information for the directors
of each program.
Embedding Ethics in a Training
Program in Clinical Research Methods
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine designed this course to cover
multiple issues dealing with research ethics. The site includes a course
overview, basic modules, and final exams, as well as additional resources
and a bibliography page. The site also contains information about other
Ethics in Research Focusing
on Behavioral Health Sciences: An Intensive Training Course
The University of South Florida designed courses in research ethics
under a new initiative to teach ethically responsible research. The
website offers information about upcoming courses being offered, including
background, registration, faculty, and scholarship information. They
offer a four-day course that focuses on informed consent, decisional
capacity, competency, diversity, multicultural perspectives, confidentiality,
privacy, and data ownership, among other topics.
Oklahoma State University Research
Ethics Foundation Course
This course introduces students to the ethical and legal foundations
of research ethics. Its aims are to define the values of responsible
conduct of research, to apply those concepts to the analysis of case
studies, and to enhance understanding of the definition of research
University of Miama Ethics Program
The University of Miami Ethics Program directs efforts dedicated to education, research and community service in ethics and the professions. It sponsors and develops a variety of classes, conferences, research projects, seminars and other activities around the University of Miami and with partners throughout Florida, the United States and the Americas.
An Internet-based Seminar on
the Ethics of Research with Human Subjects
This is an internet-based seminar conducted by Indiana University's
Poynter Center. It begins with an opening retreat that all participants
must attend. Immediately following the retreat the internet-based portion
of the seminar begins. Participants are expected to meet weekly deadlines
over the course of the seminar. The seminar contains four modules of
three to four weeks each, covering fundamental philosophical concerns
over human experimentation, The Belmont Report and implementing the
three principles articulated therein, issues in informed consent, and
therapeutic obligations in research.
Human Subject Assurance Training
The Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) offers this tutorial
to educate key individuals about the responsibilities involved in an
institutional program of human subject protection. This or equivalent
training is needed for the OHRP to approve any human subjects research
supported by the Department of Health and Human Services. The tutorials
three modules are federal regulations and institutional responsibilities,
investigator responsibilities and informed consent, and human protections
program administration and IRB responsibilities.
Human Participant Protections
Education for Research Teams
The National Institutes of Health designed this tutorial for biomedical
and behavioral researchers, nurses and data managers who are part of
the research team, and all others involved in the design and conduct
of research involving human participants. The purpose is to present
common concepts, principles, and issues related to the protection of
Association for Research Integrity
Online Instruction Program
This program allows administrators of IRBs and Institutional Animal
Care and Use Committees to document compliance with PHS policies on
Responsible Conduct of Research. It allows administrators to track and
assess the progress of institutional researchers through nine core RCR
and Human Subject Assurance learning modules. The program includes all
learning modules and administrative tools.
Survival Skills and Ethics Program
This program at University of Pittsburgh started with the notion that
in addition to having extensive experience and knowledge in a specific
field, a scientist must also have certain "survival skill,"
including the ability to behave responsibly, in order to be successful.
The website offers information on workshops for people who wish to learn
survival skills and ethics in science, and on how to teach survival
skills and ethics in science.
Research Ethics: The Web Course
This is a web course in research ethics offered by the University of
Nebraska Medical Center. The site includes a glossary of important terms
in research ethics, online articles, books, hypothetical problems, and
a forum for discussion on research ethics issues. The site also includes
links to other helpful resources in research ethics.
Education and Certification in
Research Practice Fundamentals
This is the home page for the University of Pittsburgh's online education
and certification program in the fundamentals of research. The University
has developed this program to certify all persons conducting research,
not just those under PHS funding. The program currently has three education
modules: research integrity, human subjects research, and the use of
laboratory animals in research and education. Modules in radiation safety
and conflict of interest will be added in the near future.
Protecting Human Research Subjects
The University of California at Los Angeles provides this site for its
online course and certification in human subjects research to comply
with NIH regulations that mandate all "key personnel" must
be certified before submitting grant applications or contract proposals.
The site is primarily for UCLA students, faculty, and staff.
Practical Ethics Center
The University of Montana's Practical Ethics Center offers a variety
of services to improve the quality of teaching and research in all areas
of applied ethics. The site offers listings of the University's Seminar
Series in Practical Ethics, links to other ethics centers, and a link
to their newsletter. There is also information concerning the University's
summer courses in ethics.
Responsible Conduct of Research
Administered through the NIH and managed by the ORI, this listserv is
designed to help researchers, research administrators, and RCR instructors
exchange ideas, share information, and discuss general issues concerning
the responsible conduct of research.