In order to facilitate National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements for training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), ISU has subscribed to a comprehensive research ethics training program called the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Persons not affiliated with ISU, but named in a protocol, are eligible to enroll in CITI training through our site. If you have completed CITI training through another institution, please contact the Office of Research Ethics and Compliance (REC) at 309-438-2529 or REC@ilstu.edu to determine if additional courses may be required.
The course selection page is divided into six questions. Question 5 pertains to RCR. These courses are currently only required if the research is being conducted under NSF or NIH grants, although all researchers are encouraged to complete the courses related to their research. For all non-applicable courses, be sure to either leave the question blank or to select the "none of the above, I am interested in other CITI training courses" option. If you have any questions as to whether you have enrolled in the appropriate course, please contact REC at 309-438-2529 or REC@ilstu.edu prior to beginning the course.
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 or the CITI Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research Course. The CITI training must be completed within the first year of the individual’s participation on the grant. For persons participating for a period of less than one year, the CITI training must be completed prior to the end of their participation. Principal Investigators (PIs) will be responsible for providing REC staff with a complete list of all persons supported by their grant, including the expected duration of their participation.
All additions must be provided to REC staff within one week of the start of their participation on the grant. PIs will be responsible for informing each participant of the CITI RCR training requirements. Since REC receives an immediate electronic copy of every CITI course completed, REC staff will track completion of the CITI program by all participants. If a completion report is not received [within one month of the start of an individual’s participation on the grant], REC will notify the PI that said individual’s participation must be suspended until the CITI training course has been completed.
Additionally, for projects funded by NIH, PIs will be responsible for encouraging the promotion of and adherence to ethical research practices through weekly face-to-face discussions covering topics required by NIH. REC will develop materials and provide information on additional resources to facilitate these discussions which will incorporate, at minimum: conflict of interest (personal, financial and professional); human subjects, vertebrate animals and safe laboratory practices policies; mentor/mentee responsibilities; collaborative research; peer review; data acquisition and lab tools (management, sharing and ownership); research misconduct (including handling misconduct); responsible authorship and publication; and the scientist’s responsibilities toward society and the environment as well as contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research. REC will also provide PIs with materials and instructions on submitting documentation of participation to REC for tracking purposes.
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Once a course is completed, you may print out a Completion Report from the Main Menu of CITI. The Completion Report contains a unique Reference ID number that provides traceable proof of course completion. REC is able to verify the authenticity of CITI Completion Reports and may be contacted at 309-438-2529 or at REC@ilstu.edu to do so.
Please note that falsification of a CITI Completion Report is a violation of ISUs Research Integrity Policy, and if discovered, will be responded to accordingly.