Training for PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS and co-PIs:
The Principal Investigator and co-PIs on covered NSF, NIH, and NIFA proposals shall complete the requirement for RCR training before the Office of Sponsored Projects will release an award. Training is accomplished through:
- Completion of an online course delivered through Canvas; and
- Completion of an online RCR course through the CITI website.
It is highly recommended that training is completed soon after a proposal is submitted to minimize delays in awarding. The Principal Investigator will receive notification from the Office of Sponsored Projects regarding this training requirement upon the submission of a proposal.
- To Self Enroll in Canvas:
- Go to myState
- Click on the menu button (Triple bar) and go to the Classroom tab
- Click the drop down for Select a course... under Canvas Course Self Enrollment
- Select the course you want to enroll in
- Click the Confirm Enrollment slider to select Yes, then click Self Enroll
- Go to Canvas to confirm the course is available to you on the Dashboard. Note - you might need to scroll down past any announcements.
The Canvas training takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is intended to give PIs and co-PIs an overview of their responsibilities.
- To enroll in CITI:
- Go here for step-by-step instructions
Training for OTHER PROJECT PERSONNEL:
Other project personnel should complete the RCR training requirement via one of two options:
- CITI online certification in RCR plus attendance at 4 one-hour seminars covering ethical issues (8 sessions for NIH projects); or
- Enrollment in an approved 1-hour or 3-hour credit course in Research Ethics. The course must be face-to-face; it cannot be online.
Other project personnel should complete the on-line CITI training component within the first 90 days of appointment to a covered project. The face-to-face training component should be completed within the first 12 months of appointment to a covered project.
Refresher training is required only for covered NIH projects. NIH states that "[a]cceptable programs generally involve at least 8 contact hours and be undertaken at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than once every four years".