"Any individual conducting human-subjects research at SVSU will have successfully completed an approved training program in the responsible conduct of human research prior to engaging in any such research."—SVSU IRB Policy & Procedures Manual
All investigators conducting human-subjects research as well as IRB Members are required to complete appropriate training no less frequently than every three years. Such training can be accomplished in a number of differing ways. Neither OHRP nor SVSU prescribe a specific method or program for doing so. One acceptable means of accomplishing this training is through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) hosted by University of Miami. The training is free; your access to the training is underwritten by SVSU. Investigators can download instructions for registering and completing the training by clicking on CITI_Training (PowerPoint) (1,367kB) or CITI Training (PDF) (2,196kB). The training can be accessed via the URL www.citiprogram.org . The CITI Program also contains modules that may be useful to those teaching either a research methods course or a clinical practicum. Other means of training may also be acceptable. Please contact the IRB Chair (David Callejo Pérez, (989) 964-7488, irbchair(at)svsu.edu ) or the Manager Post Award Grants and IRB (Julie Decker, (989) 964-4941, jadecker(at)svsu.edu ) if you wish to meet the training requirement in an alternative manner.
Most investigators should complete either the "Biomedical Research Investigators" or the "Social & Behavioral Research Investigators" curriculum. Investigators who are conducting FDA research should also complete "Good Clinical Practice" curriculum. Additional curricula, such as "Students conducting no more than minimal research" and "Research with data or laboratory specimens only" might be useful for introducing students to ethical research issues, but do not qualify as sufficient training for human-subjects research. Those who wish to know more about the IRB, are contemplating serving on the IRB, or are actively serving on the IRB should complete the "IRB Members" curriculum.
To comply with America Competes Act effective January 4, 2010, all applications submitted to federal agencies must certify that all undergraduate and graduate students supported by that grant will successfully complete training for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). SVSU subscribes to CITI at the University of Miami, a program that has training modules by discipline on-line. Once the training is complete, a certificate will be sent to the Sponsored Programs office for record retention, who will send a pdf copy to the trainee. The main webpage for CITI can be accessed at www.citiprogram.org .
A PDF Document (2,196kB) is provided with instructions for registering for the first time for the CITI Training.
A PowerPoint (1,367kB) describing the CITI Program.
Memo to SVSU's (76kB) research community from the Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs.