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CITI Training

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative program (CITI) is a nationally-recognized source for research-related training. Learners are required to complete a basic set of required modules within a specialty area appropriate to the nature of the research. An 80 percent score is required to pass the quiz and fulfill this requirement. See instructions

CITI online training is the minimum requirement for all students paid on National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and all program directors, students, and staff funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). CITI training will be verified by Division of Research staff. While it may be included as part of the larger National Institutes of Health (NIH) trainee RCR plan, online training alone is not sufficient to meet NIH requirements.

     CITI online training offers RCR training in the following areas:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Research Administration
  • Physical Sciences

Didactic Courses Offered at UH Designed to Meet RCR Requirements

Documentation of course completion, including course syllabus, hours, and grade, should be maintained. To assist in
the maintenance of these records, the "Responsible Conduct of Research Training Log" (DOC) template is available.

  • IDNS 6391/IDNS 4391/Open Honors (Fall): (
  • Ph.D. and Masters students may enroll in the full course for credit (required for some degree programs)
  • Faculty and postdocs are invited to attend five sessions of the course that cover core RCR topics. Attendance should be recorded and sent to DOR for tracking purposes.

     Sessions recommended for faculty and postdocs:

  • Ethics and Responsibility in Scientific Research and Practice
    W, Aug 22 – FILM: “Dear Scientists” at 315 HBSC (4-5.30pm)
  • Authorship, Publication, and Peer Review
    W, Aug 29 - LECTURE at 315 HBSC (4-5:30 pm)
  • Current Practices: Animal and Human Subjects
    M, Oct 8 – LECTURE at 315 HBSC (4-5:30 pm)
  • Professional Responsibility: The Case of the Challenger Space-Shuttle
    W, Oct 31 - FILM: “Challenger: The Untold Story” at 315 HBSC (4-5:30 pm)
  • Professional Responsibility: Hazardous Technological Waste
    W, Dec 5 - FILM: "Into Eternity" at 315 HBSC (4-5:30 pm)

      RCR topics covered: Data Management and statistical methods for proper handling of research results.
      Classes are held in the Spring from 1- 4pm every Thursday at 315 HBSC.

  • BIOL 6120: Responsible Conduct of Biological Research

      Course Description: Graduate course geared primarily to the life sciences, offered in the fall.
      The content and format of the course closely follow NIH guidelines for instruction in the responsible conduct of
      research. Faculty/staff/post-doctoral students are welcome to audit sessions. Contact Dr. Amy Sater.

  • PSYC 2301: Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 7397: Selected Topics in Psychology
  • OPTO 5250: Seminar in Scientific Investigation (Only offered during the Summer)

      Summer research trainee program for Optometry, specific to NEI T35 requirements. Room for others to audit upon
      approved request. Contact Dr. Laura Frishman or Renee Armacost.

Seminars and Panels Offered at UH

Documentation of the seminar/panel completion, including seminar/panel titles, speaker(s), and time commitment, should be maintained. To assist in the maintenance of these records, the "Responsible Conduct of Research Training Log" (DOC) template is available.

  • Ethics in Science

      The Ethics in Science Program offers a large variety of regularly scheduled speakers and panels on RCR topics and is 
      a fantastic resource for current RCR education. Website includes blogs, coursework from didactic course above,
      relevant links, seminar series: (

  • Division of Research Brown Bag Series

      Speakers and educational “brown bag” sessions are scheduled throughout the year. A listing of upcoming "brown
      bag" sessions will be posted below (as they become available), as well as the Division of Research Calendar. In
      addition, presentations/requests to speak on RCR topics are available and encouraged. Presentation requests or
      "brown-bag" session inquiries can be made by contacting Kirstin Holzschuh.

  • Other departmental seminars/panels or professional development meetings covering RCR topics
    • Pre-recorded presentation titled “Ethics and Scholarly Research” (abstract attached) with an emphasis on plagiarism, presented by DOR/RIO to the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. View here

Teaching Opportunities

Documentation of the session (course, workshop, etc.) taught, including session titles, topic and time commitment, should be maintained. To assist in the maintenance of these records, the "Responsible Conduct of Research Training Log" (DOC) template is available.

The following opportunities are available, with advance notice, to fulfill a RCR training requirement, and to gain teaching experience:

  • Ethics in Science

     Contact Dr. Ioanna Semendeferi or Dr. Ioannis Pavlidis.

  • Division of Research Brown Bag Series

     Faculty members are currently being recruited for an upcoming and ongoing series in RCR topics. If you would like to
     speak on an RCR subject, contact Kirstin Holzschuh. Areas include:

  • Animal Subjects in Research
  • Collaborative Research (including Collaborations with Industry)
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Contemporary Ethical Issues in Biomedical Research
  • Data Acquisition and Laboratory Tools
  • Data Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Human Subjects in Research
  • Safe Laboratory Practices
  • Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Peer Review
  • Research Misconduct
  • Responsible Authorship and Publication
  • The Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society