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The Office of Research and Engagement offers online training opportunities for research ethics and compliance training for University of Tennessee researchers.

CITI Training

ORE offers online training through Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) that are available to all researchers at UT. Access CITI training.

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.

For questions about COI requirements at UTK contact Dairin Malkemus at

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.

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

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

For all IRB and protocol questions contact the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) staff.

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.

Effective 25 November 2014, the CITI Program will replace its collection of existing RCR basic courses with one new basic course. This change is being implemented to update, strengthen, and simplify the delivery of the RCR content.

Learners who have started or need to take their RCR basic course prior to 25 November 2014 should complete and pass their entire course before that date. Otherwise, they will be unable to finish the partially completed course and will have to start over with the new RCR basic course.

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

For assistance with any CITI online compliance training please e-mail

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