Training & Education

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Core Basic Training 

New faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and others serving as principal investigators (PIs) are required to complete online CITI RCR Core Training.

Agency Specific RCR Training

Required training must be completed by those working on projects supported by NSF and USDA-NIFA projects and NIH career and training awards. The required training depends on role or classification.

Summary of Training by Classification

 For PIs on All Awards*NIH Career & Training AwardsNSF AwardsUSDA-NIFA Awards
FacultyRequired**RequiredNot RequiredRequired
StaffRequired**Not RequiredNot RequiredRequired

*Per UMN Education Requirements for PI Eligibility
**Required for all individuals serving as Principal Investigator (PI) on an award, regardless of the source of funds.

Additional Training & Education

To ensure the ethical and safe conduct of research and to meet regulatory requirements, the University of Minnesota requires faculty, staff, and students who serve on research projects to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. The RCR courses do not fulfill IRB (human subjects) or IACUC (animal subjects) training requirements. For more information about training requirements, visit the Research Compliance Training Guide:

Research Compliance Training Guide