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ORGS offers the following on-line training programs to meet the research needs of key personnel (faculty, staff, postdocs, students) involved in the conduct of research at the university.  To complete a CITI training course, open the appropriate tab for instructions.

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Human Subjects in Research

All investigators and key study personnel* must hold a current certificate of completion of the appropriate Human Subjects in Researchtraining program before conducting human subjects research. 

The FGCU Institutional Review Board no longer accepts the on-Line NIH training program,Protecting Human Research Participants, as fulfillment of the training requirement. Persons who completed the NIH training program prior to August 7, 2013 will be grandfathered in through August 30, 2014.

Persons submitting an IRB application or added to a protocol via an amendment who have not completed a Human Subjects in research course must complete the appropriate Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects in Research training course.

Beginning September 1, 2014 all investigators and key study personnel* conducting human subjects research will need to complete the appropriate CITI course in human subjects research.

The initial renewal of training in Human Subjects in Research is required every five years.Investigators and key study personnel* must renew their training by taking a shorter refresher course offered by CITI. The Office of Research and Graduate Studies will notify investigators of the expiration of their certification 90 days prior to its occurrence.  Subsequent renewals are required every three years.

*key study personnel include all individuals, including students, who contribute in a substantive way to the development, conduct and monitoring of studies on behalf of FGCU. This includes persons who enroll research subjects, obtain informed consent or screen potential subjects, and who analyze or report research data.

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Animals in Research

FGCU offers the following on-line training courses through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) when using animals in research.  CITI registration and logon instructions can be found by clicking on the above link.

  • Working with the IACUC
  • Working with the IACUC - Refresher Course
  • Essentials for IACUC Members
  • IACUC Community Members
  • Wildlife Research
  • Working with Amphibians in Research Settings
  • Working with Fish in Research Settings
  • Working with Zebrafish (Danio rerio) in Research Settings
  • Working with Mice in Research Settings
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Conflicts of Interest (COI) in Research

Please refer to the Faculty 2011 – 2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement , the Employee Handbook, and FGCU regulation FGCU-PR5.012 Outside Employment/Activity Regulation for conflicts of interest relating to your employment with the university.

FGCU offers an online Conflict of Interest course through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  The course includes basic background in the elements of the revised Public Health Service (PHS) federal regulations on financial conflicts of interest and investigator and institutional responsibilities.  CITI registration and logon instructions can be found by clicking on the above link.

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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Both NIH and NSF require universities to provide a foundation in the responsible conduct of research (RCR). 

NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. 

NSF requires applicant institutions to have in place, at the time of proposal submission, a plan to provide a foundation in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) to undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. 

Towards meeting these requirements, FGCU offers an online Responsible Conduct of Research course through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  The course focuses on the underlying principles of the responsible conduct of research.  CITI registration and logon instructions can be found by clicking on the above link.

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Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS)

The federal HIPAA Privacy Rule protects the privacy of personal health information. To meet the training requirements of HIPAA and other US statutory/regulatory authorities, FGCU offers an online course in health information privacy and security through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The course is also consistent with training requirements of international standards, such as that of the ISO Code of Practice for Information Security Management.

CITI registration and logon instructions can be found by clicking on the above link.

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Export Control

Export compliance training is required for participants involved in Sponsored Program that is subject to export controls. Please note that Principal Investigators are responsible for ensuring that all FGCU participants (including students) complete this mandatory training.  The following on-line training programs are available to FGCU faculty, staff and students.

  1. CITI Export Control Basic Training Modules - Two training modules, an overview of U.S. Export Controls and the Office of Foreign Affairs, developed by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for use by member institutions.   All FGCU faculty, staff, and students with an interest in export compliance are also invited and encouraged to complete the course.
  2. US Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security Training Room - A series of short videos (2 - 10 minutes), training modules (6 - 22 minutes), and webinars (15+ minutes) on topics relevant to export control.
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Biosafety

FGCU offers biological safety training courses and certificates designed to inform and prepare you for work in campus biological research laboratories through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  CITI registration and logon instructions can be found by clicking on the above link.

The courses are designed to provide a solid background in best practices in the lab for FGCU students, staff, faculty and Research Safety Committee Members. The following certificates are offered:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate
  • Shipping and Transport of Regulated Biological Materials Certificate
  • Animal Biosafety Certificate
  • Recombinant DNA (rDNA) Guidelines Certificate
  • Human Gene Transfer Certificate
  • Understanding Nanotechnology Certificate
  • Biosafety Retraining Certificate