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Training requirements for those who need Institutional Review Board research approval

Beginning fall 2020, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) will require that all researchers provide proof of training in matters related to IRB.  In preparation for this required training, IRB is asking all researchers including student researchers to voluntarily upload a copy of the Completion Report (not the Completion Certificate) from CITI* for each researcher named in the Institutional Review Board (IRB) application with their IRBNet materials. Please name the Completion Report appropriately as: Last name, First name-CITI report (e.g.  Rathers, Jane_ CITI report).  Starting in fall 2020, IRB will return submissions without review if the CITI training documents are not linked to the submission for all researchers. For assistance in registering with CITI and adding the course(s) you need and selecting modules, go to

*CITI = Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program, developed by collaborative group of clinical researchers funded by Office of Research Integrity, Dept. of Health & Human Resources, US Gov. - a series of online educational modules regarding the ethical and responsible conduct of research. The modules will several hrs. to complete. They can be saved and finished at intervals.  Training is valid for 5 years and is free to MSU faculty, staff, and students. Log in here

Apply to be a Graduate Student Member of the Institutional Review Board.

Please see information in this link. Graduate Student A Board Members

Important Information

This section provides information that may be important to researchers.

IRB will not approve of IRB related documents being stored on Google Drive. Google has access to anything stored there. Please store your electronic documents encrypted on a password protected device or storage site.

The IRB has learned that Qualtrics isn’t as anonymous as many researchers think it is. The  following the link explains how  to make Qualtrics surveys anonymous.