Required human subjects training – CITI

UNL requires all research personnel, including investigators, students and other project staff, who conduct research with human participants, tissue samples or data to complete and maintain training before and during any research conducted with human subjects.  UNL’s IRB will not approve a project without training either completed or updated at least 30 days prior to expiration. Read more about the training policy here.

Training must be completed prior to your research being conducted and must also be maintained through completion of refresher courses no less than once every three years.

The following project staff must complete and maintain training:


If you are required to complete human subjects training and in order to ensure training information is up to date and accurate within the NUgrant system (UNL’s electronic research administration system), there are a few key pieces of information to know before you start:

After having read this information, please feel free to contact the Research Compliance Services staff at if your training is still not “showing up” in NUgrant within the appropriate timeframe.

**NOTE:  Projects can still be submitted to the Research Compliance Services office to begin official IRB review even if training is not accurate within NUgrant.  RCS staff will verify training or notify the research team if training must be completed for all new form approvals.**


To begin your training and to ensure ease of CITI training registration, first identify whether you are a new user or you are already a registered user through CITI.  The process of selecting your course will be different based on your current status.

Upon navigating to the website, please be aware that UNL does not subscribe to the use of Single Sign On (SSO).  Usernames and passwords are chosen by the user.


  1. Create your user account through the CITI website (

    • You will be requested to complete a series of questions or provide information specific to your UNL affiliation. Here are just a few tips to ensure a smooth account set-up:
      • UNL is listed by the full name under the “Participating Institutions” heading. Please select “University of Nebraska – Lincoln.”
      • This training does NOT require payment from the trainee/user if you are completing this training for UNL purposes only. In other words, we do not require CME/CEU credits or registration as an Independent Learner.  If this is selected as an option, this is the responsibility of the user to pay for any fees assessed.
      • The email address you enter does not have to be your UNL email address but it should be one that is used frequently so that you do not miss important reminders to refresh your training. Most UNL users will enter their email associated with their Blackboard/Canvas account.
      • Page 6 of the registration form will ask you to provide your institutional email address. Please feel free to use the same email address as before.
  2. Indicate that you conduct human subjects research at UN-L on page 7 of the registration process.
    • Choose “Yes, I conduct human subjects research at UN-L.”
    • More than one selection can be made when signing up through the new user registration process. If you have selected more than one course and it pertains to the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) or Conflict of Interest (COI), please refer to the RCR training instructions or COI training instructions page for further guidance.
    • If you have NOT completed a Basic course before, you must select that you are a new investigator at UNL on the next screen.
    • You may choose either to take the:
      • Group 1. Basic Course Options for Biomedical Investigators and Key Personnel; OR, you may choose the
      • Group 2. Basic Course for Social/Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel
        depending on your area of research and what fits best.  Research Compliance Services accepts either training course.
    • NOTE: The IRB Reference Resource, Stem Cell Research Course, or the Institutional/Signatory Officials Courses are NOT required to be completed for human subjects research training NOR will they be accepted for this requirement.
    • You are only required to complete the RCR Biomedical Course if you are instructed to do so.
    • You are only required to complete the Privacy and Security (IPS) course if you are instructed to do so or are a student, staff or faculty in certain departments/centers. Please be sure to check with your department regarding privacy and security training requirements.



Beginning and Completing a Course

Training Record Maintenance and Updates