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Responsible Conduct of Research & Institutional Review Board Training

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is required of all graduate students and postdocs whose work is supported by funds from the National Science Foundation. RCR training must be completed before any salary or stipend is paid to those supported by NSF funds. Learn more about the Responsible Conduct of Research in our Academics section »

Institutional Review Board (IRB) training is required of all graduate students who are proposing thesis or dissertation research involving human subjects. IRB training must be completed before a student can submit a research proposal for IRB approval. If the students’ research involves human subjects, no part of a research project may commence until IRB approval is received. Research involving human subjects is reviewed annually by the IRB to assure the ongoing safety and welfare of research participants and compliance with governing federal regulations. MU has two IRBs: Campus IRB and Health Sciences IRB.

About the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

The University of Missouri subscribes to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), a national research compliance training program for a variety of academic disciplines. The MU CITI curriculum includes RCR and IRB sections. The RCR training is customized for education, social, behavioral, humanities, biomedical and physical sciences researchers. The IRB training is customized for medical or social/behavioral researchers.

CITI resources

Important: The Responsible Conduct of Research training is not equivalent to IRB training and does not count toward IRB certification. RCR training is strongly suggested for all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows prior to conducting research, and may be required by some degree programs. As applicable to the nature of one’s research, both RCR and IRB training may be required.