Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Research Ethics Training and Education

UNI encourages all faculty, staff, and students involved in research to obtain training in how to maintain the highest standards of research integrity.  There are a variety of approaches available to identifying training and educational opportunities in this area.  Most research courses at UNI incorporate various aspects of ethics training in their curricula, and special courses devoted to the study of ethics are offered through certain departments which may include studies specific to research ethics.  Special workshops and seminars are offered periodically at UNI as well, for faculty, staff, and/or students, through the College of Business, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and others. 

Online resources

There are also a variety of resources available online.  A comprehensive compilation of articles, tutorials, and instructional resources related to Research Ethics is available at https://ori.hhs.gov/general-resources.

CITI program in research ethics

One resource for training in research integrity and research misconduct for faculty, staff, and students is the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), based at the University of Miami.  This program offers online tutorial courses that can be accessed by anyone affiliated with UNI through our CITI portal page.

The CITI program in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is required for students and post-doctoral researchers employed on NSF grants.  More information about this requirement is available on the Ethics Training on NSF Grants page. The RCR program includes the following modules and embedded quizzes:

Research Misconduct

Data Acquisition

Authorship

Peer Review (of Research and Scholarship)

Conflict of Interest

Collaborative Research

These and other modules and courses are also available for use in the classroom, for enhanced training for student research assistants, or for special training for faculty or staff.  For example, in addition to the RCR modules, individuals can take also take a CITI course in Human Subjects or Animal Subjects. 

All of the tutorials make use of videos and case examples to make the material engaging and are tailored to specific areas of research.  Although they address most of the same content and principles, there are tailored RCR courses currently for each of these areas:

Biomedical science

Social and behavioral sciences

Physical sciences

Humanities

RCR for Engineers

RCR for Research Administrators

Human Subjects

Although CITI is probably the best, options other than CITI are available for training specific to research with human participants.  Visit the IRB Training page for more information in this area specifically.