Welcome to the

SURER Diploma Program


This course is designed to train participants in the principles and practice of responsible conduct of research (RCR) and it meets the current NIH requirement for a medium-term RCR training.

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The training will help participants to understand the latest concepts in RCR including research integrity, falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism. The course will provide participants with resource materials and knowledge of core RCR topics. Upon completion of the course, participants would have complied with the NIH requirement for at least 8 hours of face-to-face training in RCR.


This is a 3-month blended program in RCR with:

  • Online CITI Responsible Conduct of Research and Conflict of Interest courses hosted on the Center for Bioethics and Research (CBR) website.

  • In-Person component consisting of lectures and mentoring meetings with faculty who would lead discussions on case studies to examine RCR issues and how to resolve them.


  • Philosophical foundations of Responsible Conduct of Research

  • Research Integrity

  • Plagiarism, data falsification and manipulation

  • Fabrication of data

  • Data sharing and management

  • Authorship and collaborative research

  • Institutional policies for handling research misconduct

  • Conflicts of Interest and scientific objectivity

  • Safe research environment that promotes inclusion and is free of sexual, tribal, religious, gender, disability, and other forms of discriminatory harassment.

  • Mentoring

  • Publication and Peer Review

  • Financial conflicts of interest, commitment, and conscience

Meet our course directors:

Prof. Temidayo Ogundiran

  • Ethics and Research Integrity

Prof. Adebayo Adejumo

  • Human Rights and Bioethics

Prof. Christopher Agulanna

  • Introduction to Philosophy for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Research/Scientific Integrity (RSI), Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA), Safe and Sexual Harassment-free Working Environment (SASHFWE)