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CITI – Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

The UT Office of Research and Engagement has partnered with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program to allow UT-affiliated researchers the opportunity to participate in online research ethics education.
The CITI program is comprised of various learning modules. Each main course option for IRB and RCR, each consisting of 20+ modules, takes approximately 5-8 hours to complete. Conflicts of Interest and Export Control courses are much shorter.

Note: IRB/Human Subjects training is not the same as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. IRB/Human Subjects training is required when you submit an IRB protocol. Responsible Conduct of Research training is required to satisfy NSF, NIH, or USDA RCR requirements.

Getting Started

  • Go to http://citiprogram.org.
  • Register/log in using your UT NetID.
  • When prompted, affiliate with “University of Tennessee, Knoxville”. If you have any problem locating the correct institution please contact CITI Support.
  • Select the courses you wish to take.

Once logged in, users will be able to choose from the courses below:

Choose One:

  • Biomedical Focus Basic/Refresher — For most people in biomedical or other non-Social and Behavioral disciplines
  • Social and Behavioral Focus Basic/Refresher — For most people in Social and Behavioral or Humanities disciplines.
    • Note: The “IRB Member” and “IRB Chair” course options are for faculty who are serving as IRB members at the departmental or campus level, or as the IRB Chair.

This training is required for the IRB Chair.

If you are working on an NSF, NIH, or USDA award, you must provide your PI with a copy of your CITI RCR completion report and certificate.

  • Biomedical RCR (Nursing, Clinical Trials, etc.)
  • Social and Behavioral RCR (Psychology, Social Work, etc.)
  • Physical Sciences RCR (Engineering, Natural Sciences, etc.)
  • Humanities RCR (History, Philosophy, Foreign Languages, etc.)

This training is required for all participants on Public Health Service (PHS) grants.

When you register for the COI course, there are multiple modules. The modules you are required to take are:

  • CITI Conflict of Interest Course – Introduction
  • Financial Conflicts of Interest: Overview, Investigator Responsibilities, and COI Rules
  • Institutional Responsibilities as They Affect Investigators

There is also an optional module that is informative, but not a requirement:

  • Conflicts of Commitment, Conscience, and Institutional Conflicts of Interest

When you have satisfactorily completed all of the course requirements, you will see a link to print out a completion/grade report. Keep a copy of this report for your records.

This training is required for those working on an export-controlled project and is recommended for all faculty.

There are 5 modules under Export Control. Be sure to complete them all and take the tests as required (the UT specific module does not have a test).

  • U. S. Export Controls – General Overview
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • The Preventive Export Control Program at the University of Tennessee

When you have satisfactorily completed all of the course requirements, you will see a link to print out a completion/grade report. Keep a copy of this report for your records.


If you have any questions or problems with accessing the CITI training contact Sarah Pruett at (865) 974-9918 or spruett1@utk.edu