Required Research Trainings
Throughout your time at Virginia Tech, there may be a number of training requirements that must be completed in order to remain compliant with federal and state laws and regulations. Below is a list of the training requirements related to research.
What training is required?
Virginia Tech is committed to a high standard of animal care and use, as well as a high standard of occupational health and safety for its faculty, staff, and students. Quality training and educational activities are essential to help us meet and exceed these standards.
The Virginia Tech IACUC requires that animal users and handlers complete 4 training elements before the processing of an IACUC protocol will be initiated (see Policy for Principal Investigator, Research and Animal Care Staff Training).
To learn more about the requirements and to take training, please visit the IACUC website.
Effective August 10, 2012, the university’s conflict of interest policy 13010 changed to reflect new requirements by federal sponsors. An important element of the policy revision is the requirement that all investigators complete training on Conflict of Interest policies and procedures.
The mandatory training requirement applies to any principal investigators, co-investigators, project directors, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, and any other person deemed responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research. Federal regulations require all Public Health Service investigators to complete training prior to the award of a grant or contract; therefore, all PHS awards will be held until all individuals named in the proposal have completed training. In addition, all investigators receiving non-PHS awards will need to be trained within 30 days of project start-up.
If you have questions regarding the Conflict of Interest training requirement, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation Education and Administrative Compliance office at 540-231-2336 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the COI website.
Training for PIs, Co-PIs, GRAs, and other project personnel is required when the research project becomes restricted due to acceptance of publication, access and dissemination controls, or if a defense article is involved in the research. The research project may become subject to U.S. export regulations or trade sanctions depending on the contractual terms of the award or funding contract. Training is required for any participant who will have access to controlled source code, technology, or defense articles in the research.
More information about export controls and sanctions training can be found at the OESRC website.
EHS is responsible for ensuring that all university employees receive the required training under Federal and State regulations and other non-regulatory agency guidelines. Listed below are the recommended training courses for researchers also available online. For more information, please see our website: http://www.ehss.vt.edu/training/..
- Radioactive Materials/Xray producing systems
- Bloodborn Pathogens
- Hazardous Chemicals
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Environmental Compliance
Although the human subjects protections training mandate from the HHS applies only to NIH grants and contracts, the Virginia Tech policy extends this mandate to include all human subjects research under the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board's (IRB) purview (see Policy No. 2.03: Purview of the Virginia Tech IRB).
All investigators (including researchers from other institutions and independent researchers), originally listed on an approved IRB application or later added to the project through an amendment, must provide the IRB with documentation of the completion of human subject protections training, unless the IRB has verification of prior training within its records.
For more information about Human Subjects Research training can be found at the IRB website.
Virginia Tech IBC policy requires that all personnel engaged in research and teaching activities involving the use of recombinant DNA and/or biohazardous materials, agents and toxins, must complete all required training modules before a protocol can be approved by the IBC. Information regarding the training required for IBC protocol review can be found from the IBC website.
The IBC training requirements include both "Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research" modules and "Biosafety & Biosecurity" modules. "Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research" modules fulfill the training requirements for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and The National Science Foundation (NSF).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires that all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral research fellows, who are supported on NSF projects, receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). The RCR training requirement was also adopted and expanded to include scholars by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) effective for awards subject to the February 2013 Research Terms and Conditions.
Virginia Tech has adopted a plan to fulfill the applicable training requirements. Virginia Tech will use online training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to meet these requirements. A face-to-face course was developed to meet the NIH RCR training requirement. Instructions on how to access this course can be found on the website below. If you have questions regarding the applicability of the following training requirements to your specific project, please contact the Office of Research Education and Administrative Compliance at 540-231-2336 or visit the OVPRI RCR website.