Biomedical Research Integrity Program

The BRI 2020 Program has been moved to:


"Integrity from the Inside Out"

Sponsored by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities
School of Medicine, University of Washington

The Public Health Service (PHS) and its research institutions require that all pre-and post-doctoral researchers supported by PHS training grants receive training in the responsible conduct of research. The School of Medicine has developed a program of lectures with associated discussion groups, entitled the Biomedical Research Integrity (BRI) Program, for its researchers to meet this requirement. All School of Medicine trainees are required to participate.

Upon program completion, BRI participants will be able to:
1.   Recognize ethical issues and challenges to integrity that arise in the course of routine research practice;
2.   Formulate a justified response to research challenges, using select ethical decision-making tools; and
3.   Identify a sense of professional responsibility to take action and make good judgments that work to support good research practices.

Please read our mission statement (PDF). 

NIH Update on the Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research 

Note:  This RCR training meets the NIH educational requirement for research trainees This is NOT the RCR training site for NSF-funded undergrad/post-doc students. For more information on the NSF training, please visit their website NSF-FUNDED RCR training information

Ethical Decision-Making

It should be noted that ethical decision-making is a process rather than a specific correct answer. In this sense, unethical behavior is defined by a failure to engage in the process of ethical decision-making. It is always unacceptable to have made no reasonable attempt to define a consistent and defensible basis for conduct.*

* NIH Office of Intramural Research