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Online Research Ethics Training

Ethical conduct of research is important for maintaining the public trust and adhering to research requirements and best practices.

IUP provides training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), which offers web-based training materials for millions of learners at academic institutions. 

Where do I register?

How do I know what courses to register for?

When registering for CITI, you will answer six questions that help determine your courses of study. You can change the courses at any time in the "Learner Tools" section after registration.

The CITI Program includes training and modules for the following:

  • Basic courses in the protection of human research subjects (IRB)
    Recommended for all researchers working with human subjects
    • Select your protection of human research subjects training based on the type of research activities you will conduct:
      • Biomedical
      • Social, Behavioral and Educational
      • Data/Lab Specimens only
    • View the learning modules available to each of the above types of researchers.
  • Basic course in the protection of animal subjects (IACUC)
    Recommended for all researchers working with animal subjects
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
    Required for student researchers working on NSF projects but recommended for all researchers
  • Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)
    Required for all recipients of PHS funds (includes NIH, CDC, FDA, CMS, US Dept. of HHS, etc.) but recommended for all financial managers
  • Export Control
    Recommended for all researchers traveling internationally or working with international collaborators
  • Biosafety/Biosecurity
    Recommended for all researchers working with recombinant DNA or select agents, responding to biohazards, or shipping/transporting regulated biological materials.

Need guidance completing registration?

You will need Real Player to access all the materials in the program. You can download Real Player on the Real Networks website. On the lower right-hand side of the Real Player website is an orange box that you can select to download Real Player.

How do I obtain copies of training certificates?

Once the training module is completed, you may print a copy of your training certificates by logging into CITI, using your username and password, and clicking the “Print” link under the Completion Reports column in My Reports.

For questions or concerns, please contact the Assistant Dean for Research at

  • School of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Assistant Dean for Research
    Stright Hall, Room 113
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1081
  • Phone: 724-357-7730
  • Fax: 724-357-2715
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.