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Core curriculum

To become eligible as a principal investigator at the University of Minnesota, you must complete:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research core curriculum
  • Instruction on specific topics (e.g., human subjects, animal subjects or hazardous materials), depending on the nature of your project

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 (RC4100) RCR Core – Biomedical Sciences (RC4102) RCR Core – Engineering & Technology (RC4103) RCR Core – Natural & Physical Sciences (RC4104) RCR Core – Social & Behavioral Sciences

Click on the titles below to open/close the topic.

Overview/what to complete

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 and postdoctoral fellows

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.

Graduate students

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.

  • If the instruction included in the graduate program is an acceptable equivalent for the Responsible Conduct of Research core curriculum, the DGS can email that information to REO.
  • If the program requires you to complete the RCR core curriculum, the workshop must be completed before the awarded funds will be released.

Generating a course summary

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.

  • Log in to this site by entering your University of Minnesota Internet ID and password.
  • Search by deptID, by individual (Internet ID), or by course.
  • Note: updates take 48 hours to process through data warehouse.

2. UM reports shows all completed training (RCR, HIPAA, Organizational Effectiveness, etc.).

  • Log in to this site by entering your University of Minnesota Internet ID and password.
  • In the box next to the “Search reports” button at the top of the page, type “Training history” and hit return. When the results load, click “Training history” to access the report.
  • Search by employee or student ID and course status or by designating one or more departments within a college/admin unit and course status.

3. ULearn transcript Displays courses completed within ULearn only:

  • Sign in to ULearn by entering your University of Minnesota Internet ID and password.
  • Click on "Transcript" on the main page, or click on the Learning tab, then on "View Your Transcript".
  • The “Active” tab shows courses for which you are currently registered.
  • The “Completed” tab shows training you have finished.

Additional courses

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:

Conflicts of Interest

The Office of Institutional Compliance offers training to help university employees understand and manage conflicts of interest, where they exist.

Environmental health and safety

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety offers training to meet numerous regulations and to encourage health and safety for all university community members.

Protecting animal subjects

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.

Clinical research methodologies

The Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) offers training to meet the requirements of interdisciplinary CTS faculty, students and research teams at the university.

HIPAA training

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

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:
  • Log into Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) website. First-time users will need to create an account.
  • After registration, choose either biomedical or social/behavioral research group.
  • Click “submit” to return to the Main Menu.
  • Click the course title to enter the workshop.
  • Complete required modules.
  • Save completion certificate (recommended).
  • The University of Minnesota will receive a monthly report of all completed training, and will update your training record.

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.

Sponsor-Investigators

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:
  • Log into Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) website using your CITI user name and password. First-time users will need to create an account, and see instructions above to complete human subjects’ protection training.
  • On the Main Menu, select “Add a course or Update learner groups”.
  • On question 3, select the IND or IDE curriculum.
  • Click “submit” to return to the Main Menu.
  • Click the course title to enter the workshop.
  • Complete required modules.
  • Save completion certificate (recommended).
  • The University of Minnesota will receive a monthly report of all completed training, and will update your training record.