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Researcher Training

Certain research topics require recurring training to ensure adequate protection of subjects, safeguarding of data, and/or maintenance of research integrity. In some cases, training is also necessary for a sponsor to fund or continue funding research.  The Purdue University Office of Research and Partnerships utilizes The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) to meet training requirements for basic principles of most research regulations. Some areas may require additional in-person training.

See below for the links you will need to complete training in each of the areas that apply to your research program.

Human Subjects Research

Investigators and key personnel engaged in research with human subjects must complete training in the appropriate category (Biomedical, Social Behavioral, or Exempt Category) prior to approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Begin training by visiting this page

Good Clinical Practices (GCP)

Investigators and Clinical Trial staff “who are responsible for study coordination, data collection and data management,” in a human clinical trial are required to complete training in Good Clinical Practice (GCP). To fulfill the training requirements for NIH-funded Clinical Trials, Purdue utilizes the CITI Program.

Instructions for online GCP training are found at this link

Laboratory Animal Research

CITI training is required for all personnel on a Purdue Animal Care and Use Committee (PACUC) protocol prior to approval by the committee. CITI will supply the trainee with the basic operating principles of regulations governing the use of vertebrate animals in research, but specific training in techniques and safety are also required.

Please see this page for specific qualification and training requirements involving laboratory animal research.

Institutional Biosafety

Personnel working with recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids must have training on The NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules module available in the CITI system. As applicable, additional modules on biosafety and in-person training on hazards or pathogens.

Please see this page for specific training and safety requirements involving biohazards and recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids.

Export Controls and Research Information Assurance

The Export Control and Information Assurance team offers researcher education on export control regulations and federal cybersecurity requirements. Online and in-person training courses are available from the team to assist researchers to adhere to proper safeguarding of controlled data.

Begin training by visiting this page

Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)

All Investigators (i.e., persons responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research) participating in projects sponsored by Public Health Service (PHS) or PHS-like agencies (i.e., agencies that have adopted PHS-like FCOI Regulations) must have an up-to-date FCOI Training. Purdue Investigators with incomplete or out-of-date FCOI Training are required to complete the NIH FCOI Training Tutorial at: Upon completion, each Investigator should generate a Certificate of Completion, insert their full name and date of completion, and then send a copy of this Certificate to Investigators who have not completed/updated their FCOI Training will not be able to participate in PHS/NIH funded projects. FCOI Training must also be completed by members of Purdue regulatory committees (IRB, PACUC) and all Investigators with research related FCOIs. Training is also recommended for Purdue employees who are prospective entrepreneurs and plan to start-up companies based on Purdue IP/technologies.

The staff in the COI group in EVPRP assist various groups of stakeholders with customized training needs. Please send an email to to request a customized FCOI training/presentation.

Additional information about FCOI Training can be found at:

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

RCR training is mandatory for research personnel and trainees supported by certain sponsored awards from National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), but the requirements differ.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Training Requirements


Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act requires that "each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project."

Summary of Purdue University Training Plan to Satisfy NSF RCR Training Requirements

Personnel Online Training Discussion Based RCR Training Documents to Retain
Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Researcher CITI online course in Responsible Conduct of Research- within first month of NSF support Content determined by graduate program or adviser. Retain a copy of each CITI training certificate AND Date and detail of discussion-based training or workshop attended
Undergraduates Course titled “RCR for Undergraduates” prior to support on an NSF account N/A Retain a copy of each CITI training certificate

To begin the online portion of required RCR training through CITI, please see the quick reference card.

For discussion-based learning required by the National Science Foundation plan please contact your graduate program. In addition, the Graduate School hosts periodic workshops and opportunities available at this link:

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Training Requirements


Each NIFA-sponsored award applies standard terms and conditions to the terms of the award. The terms of the award include a detailed section regarding the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research. Included in this portion of the contract, the terms state “…By accepting a NIFA award the grantee assures that program directors, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and any staff participating in the research project receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research and that documentation of such training will be maintained. Grantees are advised that the documentation of the training are subject to NIFA review upon request.”

Be certain to check the contract associated with your award to review all details.

Summary of Purdue University Training Plan to Satisfy NIFA RCR Training Requirement

Personnel Online Training Documents to Retain
All research personnel including faculty and staff members, who participate in the research project CITI online Course in Responsible Conduct of Research Retain a copy of each CITI training certificate

To begin the online portion of required RCR training through CITI, please see the quick reference card.

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