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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.

Basic Courses in IRB/Human Subjects Research

  • Biomedical Focus Basic/Refresher — For most people in biomedical or other non-S&B disciplines
  • Social and Behavioral Focus Basic/Refresher — For most people in S&B or Humanities disciplines

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

  • 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.)

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.

Conflict of Interest (COI)

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

Export Control Training

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


If you have any questions or problems with accessing the CITI training contact the Office of Research & Engagement, oretraining@utk.edu