Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative - CITI

Additional course information by research activity area

Are you an Investigator, research team member, or student doing Human Subject Research?

  • If yes, select Human Subject Research CITI educational course.

You must take the Human Subject Research course in order to submit to the IRB or be listed as part of the research team.

There are two educational tracks: Biomedical or Social and Behavioral. You should choose the track that correlates best with the type of research in which you are involved:

  • If your research involves behavioral and/or social science methods, please select Social/Behavioral Researcher course.
  • If your research involves biomedical research methods, please select Biomedical Researcher course.
    • Note: If you perform interventional clinical studies, you may also be required to complete the “Good Clinical Practice (GCP)” course. See below for further information.
  • For more information about the educational requirements, please visit IRB CITI FAQs.

Initial and continuing education (every 5 years) will be required. Once the initial CITI modules are completed, users will complete refresher courses every five years. CITI offers an automated alert system to remind learners, by email, that refresher or recertification training is due.

Do you wish to take the RCR course or are you a student or post-doc paid off of an NSF grant?

  • If yes, select the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) CITI educational course.

NOTE: This is not required for the IRB when doing human subject research.

RCR educational modules are part of the NSF requirement for undergraduate students, graduate students and post-docs supported by NSF funds.

Are you an Investigator or a research team member doing Research with Animals?

  • If yes, select Working with the IACUC CITI educational course. This is required if you plan to use lab animals in your work.

  • Next, select the type of animal with which you work.


  • Animal users also need to complete the IUEHS Safety & Health for Animal Users Training course.

Are you a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator conducting interventional clinical studies, or are you otherwise interested in Good Clinical Practice?

  • If yes, select the Good Clinical Practice CITI educational course.

  • If no, this course is optional.

The GCP educational course is a condition of IRB approval for Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators conducting interventional clinical studies. Initial and continuing education (every 3 years) will be required.

Are you engaged in research subject to National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirement on dual use of research?

  • If yes, select the Dual Use of Research Concern CITI educational course.

The Dual Use Research of Concern course is made available to the research community and is required for some research per the 2014 United States Government Policy for Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern.

Are you an investigator, research team member, or other personnel listed on an IBC protocol?

  • If yes, select "Biological Safety Training" and “NIH Recombinant DNA Guidelines” under Question 8 - IBC/Biosafety.

Are you an investigator, research team member, or other personnel listed on an IBC protocol that involves work with human or non-human primate blood, fluids, cells, or tissues?

  • If yes, select "Bloodborne Pathogens" under Question 8 - IBC/Biosafety.

Are you an investigator, research team member, or other personnel listed on an IBC protocol that involves any potential Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)?

  • If yes, select "Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)" under Question 8 - IBC/Biosafety.

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