Compliance Workshops

The Office of Research & Engagement offers online and face-to-face/workshop opportunities for research ethics/compliance training for each UTK Compliance Unit.


For assistance with any CITI online compliance training contact Lesli Rowan, Training Coordinator, at


Biosafety and Bloodborne Pathogen Training

Content and registration information for this course can be found on the  Biosafety Program website.

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest — CITI

NIH is committed to preserving the public’s trust that the research is conducted without bias and with the highest scientific and ethical standards. Strengthening the existing regulations on managing financial conflicts of interest is key to assuring the public that NIH and the institutions they support are taking a rigorous approach to managing the essential relationships between the government, federally-funded research institutions, and the private sector.

CITI Conflict of Interest_COI_training

COI training is required for any Institution/PI applying for or receiving NIH or PHS funding from a grant or cooperative agreement must be in compliance with all of the revised regulatory requirements for Conflicts of Interest (COI) training as of August 24, 2012.

For questions about COI requirements at UTK contact Dairin Malkemus at

Export Control

Export Control — CITI

This online course outlines the Export Control Regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and the Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations (OFAC), and how to stay compliant in the performance of research at the university.

Note: Additional training materials can be found on the Export Control website.

CITI Export Control training


For departmental and other face-to-face export control workshop sessions or more information contact the Export Control Compliance Officer, Dairin Malkemus at


IRB/Human Subjects

*** New Human Subjects Research Training Requirements ***

In our continuing efforts to promote best practices for the protection of human subjects in research, and to provide our campus with methods for documenting continuing education, effective April 15, 2012, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) will require each PI, Co-PI, and Advisor listed on a human subjects application to provide certification of training in Human Subjects Research


IRB/Human Subjects Research – CITI

These online courses in the protection of human subjects in research provide training in the areas of Biomedical or Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as research with data or laboratory specimens only.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To receive the appropriate training required for IRB protocols, you must select the “Basic/Refresher” option for Biomedical or Social & Behavioral courses.

  • Course options for “Students” or “Other”  do not satisfy the mandatory UTK IRB training requirements and you will be required to take the full Basic/Refresher course for your discipline.

DO NOT register for the “IRB Members” or IRB Chair” course options. These are for faculty only who are currently or soon will be an IRB Member.

All others will be required to re-take the full “Basic/Refresher” course.


Basic Courses in the Protection of Human Subjects in Research

Mandatory training for all faculty and students working on UTK IRB/Human Subjects Research protocols.

A copy of your CITI completion/grade report must accompany any IRB protocol you submit at UTK.


For training and access questions contact Lesli Rowan, Training Coordinator, at

For all IRB and protocol questions contact Brenda Lawson, IRB Administrator, at


Radiation Safety

Introduction to Radiation Safety

Content and registration information for this course can be found on the Radiation Safety website.

Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)

Responsible Conduct in Research — CITI

This online program offers courses in the protection of animal and human research subjects as well as research ethics. RCR training is required for NSF awards.

For information on the RCR requirement for NSF awards contact David Smelser, Office of Sponsored Programs, at

RCR Online Training


For training and access questions contact Lesli Rowan, Training Coordinator, at


 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

IACUC ensures compliance with all regulations, policies and standards in place to protect animal welfare in research.

IACUC Compliance Training


For more information on the IACUC visit their website at