UW Research

Human Subjects Protections Training

Human Subjects Protections

Researchers, including research study staff and students, working with human subjects or data and samples from humans must sometimes complete training in human subjects protections in order to meet the requirements of the organizations they are affiliated with or of funding organizations. Training educates researchers about the ethical principles for working with human research subjects and the regulatory requirements for conducting research.

University of Washington Requirements

The UW and HSD do not currently require that researchers complete training or submit documentation of training as part of the application review process. HSD recommends that researchers who are new to research involving human subjects complete training in the basic ethical principles for working with human research subjects.

Training Options
The CITI Program offers a 4-6 hour online course appropriate for all research disciplines that is free if you are affiliated with UW or collaborating with someone who is affiliated with UW.

Funding Organization Requirements

Many organizations require that researchers working on funded projects complete training. Contact your funding agency to confirm their requirements. Common requirements are:

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Senior/key personnel on NIH-funded human subjects research must complete training in human subjects protections. No refresher is required.
More information is available on NIH’s website.
Training Options:

The CITI Program offers a 4-6 hour online course that is free if you are affiliated with UW or collaborating with someone who is affiliated with UW.

Other organizations such as Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) and Seattle Children’s offer in-person training for affiliated investigators.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral researchers and research trainees must complete training in Responsible Conduct of Research which contains human subjects protection components.
Training Options:

Department of Defense (DOD) and its components

DOD requirements are complex and vary among components. Researchers should work with the human research protection office of the DOD component to identify any human subjects training requirements and how to fulfill them.

Department of Navy (DON)
Researchers working on DON funded studies are required to complete a DON specific online module in the CITI Program and are encouraged to complete a refresher course every three years.

Instructions for accessing the CITI Training Module for “DON-Supported Extramural Performers

Collaborating Institution Requirements

UW researchers who work with a collaborating institution may be required to complete training in order to meet that institution’s requirements. Check with the collaborating institution to confirm their requirements. Common collaborators: