Illinois State University (ISU) is committed to providing appropriate training to campus researchers, including training on ethics, regulatory compliance, and research techniques. The Office of Research Ethics and Compliance (REC) provides face-to-face instruction for departments or other groups, and coordinates ISU's participation in the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program.
Investigators who plan to use human subjects in research are responsible for obtaining written approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to conducting research involving human subjects, taking whatever steps are deemed necessary to protect subjects, and abiding by reporting requirements of the IRB. Mandatory Human Subjects Research Training is available through the CITI program.
Investigators who plan to use vertebrate animals in research are responsible for obtaining written approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to conducting research involving vertebrate animals, taking whatever steps are deemed necessary for the humane care and use of animals and accordingly adhere to the national standards for the care and use of animals. The REC office and the IACUC are charged with interpreting and applying these standards in the use of vertebrate animals at ISU. Mandatory Vertebrate Animal Research Training is available through varying methods depending on your role.
Both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) require Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training as part of the grant submission process in order to promote ethical guidance at the early stages of researchers' careers. For specific compliance with NSF and NIH requirements, as part of a developing RCR plan, all undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF and all trainees, fellows, participants and scholars receiving support through NIH must complete either the CITI Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course 1 or the CITI Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research Course 1.
Export Control training is available through the CITI program.
Training programs are also available from many federal agencies and other organizations, including: