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To become eligible as a principal investigator at the University of Minnesota, you must complete:
To complete the RCR core curriculum:
Complete one version of the RCR core curriculum. Select a version based on your discipline or type of research. Firefox is the recommended browser for accessing the training.(RC4101) RCR Core – Arts & Humanities
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The RCR core workshop is an online workshop that addresses basic principles based on key concepts and best practices of research integrity. Topics include: social and professional responsibilities, reporting misconduct, mentoring, authorship, plagiarism, peer review, fiscal responsibilities, intellectual property, and research data management. Select the version of the workshop that best relates to your research or discipline.
New faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and others eligible to serve as principal investigators (PI) have 90 days from the date of their initial appointment or before their first award can be set up by SPA (whichever is shorter) to complete University of Minnesota Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) core curriculum. If the RCR core workshop is not completed when a proposal for funding is submitted, an email reminder is sent to the PI listed on the project. Submission of the proposal for funding is not delayed. The requirement should be completed while awaiting notification from the sponsor. No awarded funds will be released by SPA until the RCR core curriculum has been completed.
To be eligible as a principal investigator (PI), graduate students must complete instruction in the responsible conduct of research and scholarship. Graduate programs determine the appropriate curriculum for this instruction. Consult the director of graduate studies to learn the policy for the program.
You can generate and print a summary of research educational courses in one of three ways:
1. RCR web reports shows RCR & human subjects’ protection training only.
2. UM reports shows all completed training (RCR, HIPAA, Organizational Effectiveness, etc.).
3. ULearn transcript Displays courses completed within ULearn only:
Along with the core RCR curriculum, additional instruction in specific topics may be required to be eligible as a principal investigator. Click the titles below to see details about these requirements:
The Office of Institutional Compliance offers training to help university employees understand and manage conflicts of interest, where they exist.
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety offers training to meet numerous regulations and to encourage health and safety for all university community members.
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) offers training to meet federal, state and institutional regulations and to certify the eligibility of university employees who work with animals.
The Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) offers training to meet the requirements of interdisciplinary CTS faculty, students and research teams at the university.
The Privacy and Security Office offers training on HIPAA regulations and university policies and procedures, with the assistance of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. This training focuses on standards to protect the privacy and security of individual health information.
The Human Subjects’ Protection Program requires all investigators and research personnel to provide documentation of completion of human subjects’ protection training offered by the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) every 3 years.To complete instructional materials:
If you need to describe your training to a funding agency, please use the following description:
Instruction in Human Subjects Protection included the definition of human subjects in research; the responsibilities of the investigator; authority, composition, and procedures of IRBs; ethical principles; risk and benefits; the elements and process of informed consent; how to prepare an application and consent document; inclusion and recruitment of vulnerable populations; adherence to study protocol; and continuing review.
The Human Subjects’ Protection Program requires all sponsors, investigators, and sponsor-investigators for research that includes a drug or device to document completion of IND or IDE training before final IRB approval will be granted. The workshops are offered by CITI.To complete instructional materials: