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To become eligible as a principal investigator at the University of Minnesota, you must complete:
To complete the RCR parts 1 & 2 core curriculum:
RCR part 1 – complete 1 of the following. Firefox is the recommended browser for accessing the training.(RC4001) RCR Core 1 – Arts & Humanities
RCR part 2(RC0730) Fiscal Responsibilities Online Workshop
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New faculty members and others eligible to serve as principal investigators have 12 months from the date of their initial appointment to complete University of Minnesota Responsible Conduct of Research core curriculum (RCR parts 1 & 2).
If RCR is not completed when you submit a proposal for funding:
What to do:
If you have not completed RCR parts 1 & 2 when you submit a proposal for funding, you will receive an email reminder. Submission of your proposal will not be delayed, but awarded funds will not be released until you:
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 your program.
RCR part 1 is an online workshop that addresses basic principles based on key concepts and best practices of research integrity.
RCR part 2 is an online workshop that addresses the financial responsibilities of sponsored projects. Part 2 may be taken before part 1; the courses are not consecutive.
See above for directions for accessing both workshops.
You can generate and print a summary of research educational courses in one of three ways:
1. RCR web reports shows completed RCR training and deadlines for continuing education.
2. HRMS preformatted reports shows all completed training (RCR, HIPAA, Organizational Effectiveness, etc.).
3. ULearn transcript Displays courses completed within ULearn only:
When Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) receives a notice of award but the proposed principal investigator has not met the requirements for instruction in RCR, the individual is notified by email that an award has been received but is being held. If the proposed principal investigator has worked at the university longer than 12 months, then the individual can request additional time to complete the requirement.
If you have been at the university longer than 12 months and receive an email notifying you of a grant or contract award that is being held because you have not fulfilled the RCR requirements, you can request additional time via the following steps:
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.
Human subjects’ protection instruction is required for all investigators and research personnel.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.