Training in the ethics of research with human participants is mandatory for all applications reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). To fulfill this requirement, all investigators must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program ( Once at the website, you will need to register and then will be able to select from several training modules. The training required for IRB applications is Question 1: Human Subjects Research. Depending on your role, you should elect one of the following:

  1. Faculty/Staff/Administrators should select either Biomedical Research Investigators or Social/Behavioral Research Investigators, as appropriate for your research.
  2. IRB Committee Members should select the course for IRB Members.
  3. Students may select the module specifically for students so long as the project involves no more than minimal risk; otherwise one of the modules from Option A above must be completed. Please note that faculty/staff supervisors of student research are responsible for ensuring that students know about and complete this training prior to submitting an IRB application.
The completion of Question 2: Responsible Conduct of Research is not required for IRB review, although you may be required to complete it for other research purposes.

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