Required Compliance Training

It is the PI's responsibility to make sure they and their research team members complete training required for specific circumstances. Click audience, and PI and research team to VIEW a LIST of training.

For your convenience, some of the courses are described below.


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PI Training: Stewardship and Compliance for Principal Investigators

Stanford requires principal investigators including those with University Research  to complete a brief online course to help them carryout their responsibilities for protecting individuals and the University, and for compliance with laws and regulations that touch on all aspects of the research enterprise.

Stanford University will not release project funding for a PI who has not satisfied this requirement.

Regardless of their field of research and scholarship, all PIs should understand the requirements that flow from law and agency regulations pertaining to environmental health and safety, expenditures of project funds, financial disclosures, conflicts of interest, invention disclosures, and reporting of scientific misconduct.

Depending on the type of research, there may also be important requirements related to research methods, e.g., use of chemicals and other hazardous materials, human subjects, lab animals, radiological hazards, and biosafety.

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Human Subjects and Good Clinical Practice

All individuals working on a human subjects research project are required to complete human subjects training. The requirement extends to all investigators and other study personnel, including all persons who are responsible for designing and/or conducting research, performing data analysis or reporting activities. We recommend you complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training before submitting your Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol for approval.

Third party (subcontract) research personnel or consultants must comply with this training requirement as well. They may satisfy this requirement at their home institutions, provided that the IRB is assured of completion of the necessary training. A letter, certificate, or email notification by a representative from the home institution will satisfy this requirement.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

Stanford University requires GCP training for those involved in human subjects clinical trials regardless of funding source. This includes sponsored projects funded by external sponsors and non-sponsored projects funded with department or gift funding.

The Principal Investigator is responsible for identifying which staff are required to take the training and for ensuring the training is completed before participating in the study.

See RPH 5.7 Training in the Protection of Human Subjects in Research for more information. 

Human Subjects and Good Clinical Practice Training

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HIPAA and Protected Health Information

All individuals who come in contact with PHI ( Protected Health Information) are required to complete Stanford HIPAA Training.

Certain training modules are required for individuals whose jobs require them to be in closer contact with PHI. Each department will determine the appropriate training modules to be taken by its workforce. Additional training on local procedures should be provided by each department.

HIPAA Training

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Animal Care and Use

Faculty, staff, and students who will be involved in the use of laboratory animals are expected to complete the Animal Care and Use Training Program, which provides an introduction to the topic. Specialized training required for research with specific animals is also available through the Veterinary Service Center.

 View policy RPH 6.5:  Animal Care and Use Training and Education Program

Veterinary Service Center

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Environmental Health and Safety

Everyone in the Stanford community is required to take some environmental health and safety training.

  • Tier I: general training regarding health and safety policies and procedures at Stanford.
  • Tier II: specific training topics pertaining to a work area's activities.
  • Tier III: Supervisors, Managers, and Principal Investigators must provide Tier III health and safety training on hazards specific to the job site, equipment used, experimental procedures, etc. EH&S can assist you in developing local Tier III training. Call 650-725-3209.

Use the EH&S Training Advisor questionnaire to identify the environmental health and safety training required for your job duties. Keep in mind that there may be additional, local (Tier III) training required for your job duties.

EH&S Training

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The Responsible Conduct of Research for Graduate, Postdoctoral Scholars and Early Career Scholars

The education of Stanford students at all levels includes appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research. Stanford University expects that every academic program and each research advisor/mentor will do their part to assure that students/trainees receive appropriate guidance in such areas as research integrity, data acquisition and management, authorship, research collaborations, conflicts of interest, and others as appropriate.

In addition, two of the largest US sponsors of research have established regulatory requirements in this regard:

  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has long required Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education for anyone funded on their training grants.
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) has established an RCR training requirement for students at any level funded by that agency.

NIH Requirement

The NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, or dissertation research grant must receive RCR instruction.

These mechanisms include:

D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R.

This requirement also applies to any other NIH-funded programs supporting research training, career development, or research education that require RCR instruction as stated in the relevant FOA.

Completion of the following (1) course satisfies the NIH requirement for training in the responsible conduct of research:

  • MED 255: Responsible Conduct of Research - This one-quarter Stanford course is offered through the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.

NSF Requirement

The National Science Foundation requires that, at the time of proposal submission, the institution has a plan to provide appropriate RCR training and oversight to all students (undergraduates, graduate, and postdoctoral scholars) who will be supported by NSF to conduct research. Students who are funded by the National Science Foundation, e.g., students with NSF fellowships, or paid as an RA on an NSF research project, are required to complete the appropriate RCR module within the first quarter of their funding.

Completion of one of the courses listed below satisfies the NSF requirement for training in the responsible conduct of research.

  1. MED 255: Responsible Conduct of Research : This one-quarter Stanford course is offered through the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethic

  2. CITI Modules on Responsible Conduct of Research : These web-based modules have been developed by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Responsible Conduct Training Requirements and RCR Training FAQs

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Conflicts of Interest

COI training is required for: PIs with Public Health Service (PHS) funding, PIs who plan to apply for PHS funding in the future, and all faculty new to Stanford.

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Research Administration

Administrative staff who prepare proposals, originate or approve transactions on sponsored accounts, and review or monitor expenditures on sponsored projects are required to certify that they have completed two Cardinal Curriculum courses: Understanding Cost Policy DOR-1101 and Overview of Research and the Regulatory Environment DOR-1102, plus 15 elective classes, is available online for certification in two levels, or as a desktop reference.

research Administration Courses

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Sexual Harassment Prevention

Stanford requires that all faculty and staff complete training that addresses sexual harassment and sexual misconduct as required by California law.

sexual harassment policy office

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