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Research at URI

Human Subject Research Training

CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Program

The University of Rhode Island has begun collaborating with the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Program, for training in both the responsible conduct of research with human subjects and in the use of animals in research.

IRB modules include training in biomedical, as well as social/behavioral, areas of human subject research. Each module includes material that can be read on screen or printed, and a brief on-line quiz; the format is “open-book” - you may refer back to the text at any time while taking the quiz.

CITI/Software Requirements:

You will need to have MS Explorer 5.0 or higher (preferred) or Netscape Navigator 6.2 or higher, MS Word or other word processing software capable of viewing files in the RTF format, and Adobe Acrobat Reader software, version 5.0 or higher.
Steps for Access to CITI’s Training in Human Subjects Protection

Steps for CITI Basic Course - Registration/Instructions:

1. Go to:

2. Select “New Users - Register Here”.

3. Select your Participating Institution – University of Rhode Island.

4. Create your User Name and Password.

5. Provide Name and E-mail address.

6. Complete CITI Member Information Page. [note *required fields]

7. Select appropriate Learner Group. If you have not previously completed the CITI Basic Course, please choose Group 1.

8. Re-confirms your Learner Institution selection and asks if you are also affiliated with any other institution. (Select “NO” and continue)

9. Learner’s Menu – Two Sections:

Section one: reviews/confirms your profile information

Section two: Institutional header, see Human Research Curriculum: click on Grade book link to display all Required Modules.

10. Complete ALL the Basic Course modules by reading module text and taking quizzes.

11. Review/complete the instructions on institutional (last) module. You must complete this step for your results to be sent to us.

Completion of the CITI Basic course should take just over 2 hours; however, the program need not be completed in one sitting. Please Note: Registrants who begin the course but do not log in again for 30 days will be deleted from the system and will have to re-register.

NOTE: URI’s Research Compliance office will automatically receive notice once you have completed the CITI Basic and/or Refresher courses. Please maintain a copy of your CITI completion report as proof of having successfully completed the appropriate training course.


Videos/CD-ROM Computer-Based Training
Any FWA-holding institution may obtain a free copy of the OHRP/PRIM&R "Investigator 101" CD-ROM and a Site License allowing the institution to make additional copies for investigators. The program is based on PRIM&R's "IRB 101- On the Road" training program and includes presentations on the "history and ethics of human subject research," and "the top10 responsibilities of investigators," slide presentations, hyper-linked references and reading materials-including regulatory and compliance documents.

CD-ROMS and Videos: Available by request from the Division of Research and Economic Development, email:

Workshops: Division of Research and Economic Development staff will conduct workshops for faculty groups upon request.


Compliance Quick Links