Training in Research


The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training course is now required by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for all those working on an NSF grant as of 1/4/2010.  This requirement only includes undergraduates, graduates and post-docs working on research funded by the NSF.  The NSF has recently published a Questions and Answers document regarding this policy.  

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research.  This policy is effective with all new and renewal applications.  

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training 

Notice from NIH-NOT-OD_10-019 

The CITI Program is designed to be used by universities. It provides a comprehensive basic course in RCR for faculty, staff and administrators. To access the RCR course, go to the CITI home page, log in (remember your login information so you can re-enter to complete this course or to choose another option). Find the link "add a course or update your learner group" and click. Then click on "update groups". Then read and follow the directions checking the option(s) you want to complete.  Click to continue and click on "Go Back to Learner's Main Menu".  The course you chose will be listed there and you can begin the course you selected.  It will come up whenever you log in again.  A certificate is available to print/save upon completion.  Any questions, contact Dr. George Kamberov, Associate Vice Provost Office for Research, or call (907) 786-5472.

CITI Course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

IRB Training Course and Certificate

The University of Alaska Anchorage offers an IRB training course through the CITI Program For The Protection of Human Research Subjects. The course was designed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to cover issues relevant to research at UAA. (Click on the CITI Program link above to begin.)

This training is up-to-date and meets the federal requirements for training in human subjects protections. We suggest that you remember your login, so you can always go back in and complete as time allows. 

An IRB Training Certificate is good for three years.  This Certificate is included when submitting a proposal to the IRB. The Principal Investigator should also include with the submission the IRB Training Certificates for all others involved with implementing the actual research.

IACUC Training and Certification

UAA has contracted with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) training modules.  Additional modules specific to UAA research will be added to the CITI course as needed.

Feeding a moose for ruminent studies

Graduate Student Feeding  a Moose for Ruminant Studies


This course fulfills the formal training requirement for UAA faculty, research associates, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff, part-time help, summer interns, etc. - anyone working with live vertebrates in a research, teaching, or diagnostic setting.

The primary goal of this course is to promote a sensitivity and concern for the needs of the research animal and to ensure that optimal care is provided. Not only is this required under a wide range of regulations and guidelines, but the proper housing and handling of vertebrates with a focus on the reduction of pain and distress will ultimately lead to better results in research, teaching or diagnostics.

If you are doing field research with mammals, wild birds, fishes, live amphibians or reptiles, please review Field Research Training.