Helpful Links for Scholars


Please see the following resources broken down by topic for helpful information related to the VCORCDP.


  • Rigor and Reproducibility training is required per NIH commitment to “promoting rigorous and transparent research in all areas of science supported by a variety of grant programs. Grant application instructions and the criteria by which reviewers are asked to evaluate the scientific merit of the application include components that address reproducibility, rigor, and transparency.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research training is offered at VUMC annually as a full, one-day course. Completing RCR training is required for all NIH trainees and recipients of NSF funding.
  • CITI training is offered online, at-your-own-pace, and required for compliance with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at VUMC. K12 Scholars should complete “Group 1 Biomedical” training annually.
  • Good Clinical Practice training is required every three years for NIH-funded investigators and clinical trial staff. This can be completed via CITI.


Career Development

  • Edge for Scholars is a resource available through VUMC "for candid conversation about life in academics. Edge for Scholars strategizes about how to do great research, stay productive, network effectively, mentor well and be mentored, negotiate for resources, get grants, refine writing and editing, cultivate leadership skills, and achieve your goals." 
  • The Elliot Newman Society is a professional organization for all physician-scientists and Ph.D. scientists supported by the VUMC Faculty Research Scholars (VFRS), K12 programs or by individual K awards. Members are also expected to attend the Newman Society seminars.

NIH Regulatory Requirements

  • PMCID’s are a unique reference number or identifier. These are assigned to every article accepted into PMC. The PMCID is also used by recipients of NIH funding to demonstrate compliance with the NIH Public Access policy. The PMCID can be found in both PMC and PubMed. 
  • eRA Commons is used by K12 program staff for appointments and terminations. Maintaining up-to-date profiles is necessary to stay in compliance with NIH policy.
  • OrcidID’s provides a persistent digital identifier that you own and control, and that distinguishes you from every other researcher. You can connect your iD with your professional information — affiliations, grants, publications, peer review, and more.