In accordance with federal regulations, all UA Little Rock researchers (including faculty, staff, and students) who plan to conduct research projects involving human subjects must receive training in the protection of human subjects. UA Little Rock requirements include satisfactory completion of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) in the Protection of Human Research Subjects and a review of the Belmont Report, which outlines the “Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research.” Note: Proof of training must be submitted with each request for IRB review.
Register for the online course at www.citiprogram.org. You will affiliate with the University of Arkansas Little Rock and assign yourself a username and password. All researchers working with human subjects are required to complete the modules in “Group 1. Social and Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel”. Click here to view a walk-through of the registration process.
There are also additional optional modules available which may be appropriate to the research being conducted. For example, a researcher planning to work with children in school would take the core required modules and an optional module “Research in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools.”
Some of the optional modules most relevant to UA Little Rock researchers include:
- Research in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools-SBR
- Internet Research-SBR
- Group Harms: Research with Culturally or Medically Vulnerable Groups
- Workers as Research Subjects-A Vulnerable Population
After you complete the required modules the CITI program will generate a Course Completion Report listing all the modules you have completed and the expiration date. Please print it and keep a copy for your records. You will be required to include verification of training with every IRB proposal. The training certificate is valid for three years.
Please direct any questions or technical problems to the Research Compliance Officer at 501-916-6209.