Office of Research Compliance


TRAINING: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is a well-respected, web-based training product designed and maintained by a number of nationally known professionals. Currently, the CITI program is used by over 830 participating institutions around the world. Over 600,000 people have registered and completed a CITI course. USC chose CITI training because the content is extensively reviewed, critiqued and updated. In addition, the training is targeted and complete. USC offers two training courses through CITI, one for USC faculty, staff, and students engaged in conducting Human Subjects research; and one for researchers, students and staff on certain funded studies that require completion of Responsible Conduct of Research training.

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): The Department of Health and Human Services, NIH, and NSF have mandated that investigators, students and research personnel supported by certain federal research funds must undergo proper training in the conduct of responsible research. Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training provides the foundation for conducting sound, ethical research.

  • Human Subjects: The USC Federalwide Assurance (FWA), on file with the federal oversight agency called the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), mandates that all USC investigators (faculty, staff and students) engaged in conducting research involving human subjects, or using data or biological specimens derived from identifiable human subjects, be trained in the protection of human subjects.
These training programs are available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

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