All PIs / PDs involved with externally sponsored Research at SMU must complete RCR Training every 3 years. Other faculty, Staff, Undergraduate Students, Master's Students, and Non-Federally Funded PhD Students who are involved with research are strongly encouraged to complete the training as well. The online training, which is available through CITI, consists of 11 required modules, and should take about 1 - 2 hours to complete. Once the course is assigned to your account, you will find it under one of these three titles, depending on your role: Research Faculty & Staff, Graduate Research Assistants, or Graduate Teaching Assistants. You can find assistance with the CITI program in the documents below.
Assistance with logging in to an existing account and adding the appropriate course(s)
Assistance with creating a new account and registering for the appropriate course(s)
Assistance with associating your existing account with your SMU credentials
Training notifications and reminders will occur in several ways:
- Principal Investigators (PIs) / Project Directors (PDs) will certify that they have completed the training when they sign a Proposal Initiation and Approval Form (PIAF)
- Research Compliance will send a reminder email if the training is not complete upon proposal of externally funded Research
- PIs / PDs will certify that they have completed the training when they sign an Award Authorization and Approval Form (AAAF)
- Research Compliance will send a reminder email if the training is not complete upon awarding of Funding
Please note that awarded Funding, including new and incremental Funding, will NOT be set up until the RCR training has been completed by the PI / PD and all Co-PIs.