IRB Resources, Training, & Events

For all Colleges and Locations

Need to submit to the IRB and not sure where to begin? Review our 5 Basic Steps and review out the Investigator Manual for guidance on research submissions to the IRB. Click below for additional educational resources for submission to the IRB, including videos and how-to instructions. 

 

All study team members must complete an online training course in the protection of human subjects through the CITI program. Researchers choose between the biomedical training and the social science training. Either fulfills the human subjects requirement. Penn State requires initial and continuing (every 3 years) education in the protection of human research participants for individuals involved in the conduct or oversight of human participant research.

Researchers working on a clinical trial or FDA-regulated research must also complete Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training. Choose between the drugs/device (U.S. FDA focused) GCP training and the social/behavioral research GCP training. Select the course most appropriate to your research, but please note that researchers conducting protocols involving a drug or device must choose the FDA option if affiliated with Penn State University (not Hershey) in CITI.

For new studies and study modifications, CITI training must be complete for all study team members before it can be approved. It is the principal investigator’s responsibility to ensure all study team members listed on the IRB submission have current Human Subjects Research training, and Good Clinical Practice training when applicable, in order to continue working on the study. Individuals with expired CITI training are prohibited from conducting any human subjects research, including data analysis.

See the instructions on how to register in a course and navigate the CITI system or go directly to CITI to complete required training (be sure to choose the correct log-in location).  

Optional Zoom trainings are intended to help researchers prepare to submit their studies to the IRB.  We also offer more in-depth training on specific topics, such as CATS IRB submission and completing the protocol.  Please note: If a training offers SARI credit, it will be noted in the training description in the sign-up form.  Please see Events below for available options.  Trainings are applicable to researchers across the University, including Penn State Health and the College of Medicine.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday
Feb 27
11:00 AM

The IRB Protocol Training provides step-by-step guidance on how to develop a protocol for submission to the IRB. This training focuses on... more

via zoom
Monday
Mar 04
10:00 AM

The CATS IRB Submission training gives an overview of how to navigate CATS IRB and the steps to complete an IRB submission.  This... more

via zoom
Wednesday
Mar 13
11:00 AM

This is a Research Coordinator Series Workshop that we are now pleased to offer to the entire Penn State research community! It is focused... more

via Zoom
Thursday
Mar 21
1:00 PM

The IRB Protocol Training provides step-by-step guidance on how to develop a protocol for submission to the IRB. This training focuses on... more

via zoom
Tuesday
Mar 26
3:00 PM

The CATS IRB Submission training gives an overview of how to navigate CATS IRB and the steps to complete an IRB submission.  This... more

via zoom
Friday
Apr 05
10:00 AM

The CATS IRB Submission training gives an overview of how to navigate CATS IRB and the steps to complete an IRB submission.  This... more

via zoom