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Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program

Compliance Training

"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.  One way 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 register and access training at  

Most investigators should complete either the "Biomedical Research Investigators" or the "Social & Behavioral Research Investigators" curriculum, depending on the type of research conducted (click How to access Basic and Refresher Courses in CITI (18kB) to learn how to access courses required for IRB review).  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 undergoing IRB review. 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.

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 at (989) 964-7488, or the IRB Coordinator at (989) 964-4941, if you wish to meet the training requirement in an alternative manner.

Federally Funded Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research

To comply with America Competes Act effective January 4, 2010, all applications submitted to federal agencies for funding must certify that all undergraduate and graduate students supported by that grant will successfully complete training for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  RCR training is available at .

Instructions for registering for the first time for the CITI Training.

Memo to SVSU's (76kB) research community from the Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs.