Human Subjects Training Required

The University of North Texas at Dallas works closely with The University of North Texas at Denton for IRB review and approval.  The University of North Texas at Denton Institutional Review Board (IRB) requires that all individuals working with human subjects in research complete an instructional program before the IRB will review an application. This policy reflects UNT’s commitment to the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research and incorporates the requirements of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

There are currently 2 options to complete the required training.  The first is the NIH’s “Protecting Human Research Participants” course.  The second option is CITI’s “Human Subjects Research (Social & Behavioral Research Investigators)” course. Both training courses are provided at no cost.

Access the NIH course This course can be completed in approximately one and a half hours. The course consists of seven modules, four of which are followed by quizzes.

Access the CITI course The course can be completed in approximately three hours.  The course consists of ­­­­17 modules, all of which are followed by quizzes.

Upon successful completion of either course, a “certificate of completion” may be printed and retained by the researcher.  A copy of the certificate must be submitted to the UNT IRB as part of the researcher’s first human subjects research proposal.

This training requirement covers not only Investigators, but also all individuals identified as “key personnel” who are responsible for the design, conduct and reporting of the study. The Investigator will submit a copy of the NIH or CITI completion certificate for each of the “key personnel.”

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The respective roles and responsibilities at UNT Dallas with regard to externally sponsored projects are defined below.  The guidelines apply to both public and private grants, unless otherwise noted.  They are intended to serve as an overview and are not intended to replace process and procedure documents, which may exist in each of the responsible areas.

UNT Dallas grants management is decentralized.  Those involved in managing grants and their general duties are as follows:

UNT Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED or ORS) - Responsible for overall grants management, compliance, and reporting, both pre and post award.  This responsibility is defined through an intra-system agreement between the two institutions.  See Appendix 1, which describes the grant proposal process at UNT.

UNT Dallas Office of the  Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Excellence and Student Success  - Responsible for coordinating research, grants, and contracts activities with UNT under the intra-system agreement and aiding all faculty and staff at the university in the pursuit of grants.  This office is the clearinghouse for grants at UNT Dallas and should be informed of all grant related activities.  It also will be a liaison with the UNT Dallas Office of University Advancement and the UNT Dallas Foundation on grants from public and private foundations and with Academic Excellence and Student Success in promoting and facilitating the development of the university’s agenda in research, grants, and contracts, graduate programs, economic development and public engagement.  

UNT Dallas Principal Investigator (PI) and Project  ID owner- Responsible for achieving the grant objectives, complying with all research policies, managing the funds according to sponsor, state, federal, and UNT Dallas guidelines.  In carrying out these duties the PI will rely on support from UNT ORED and UNT Dallas grant contact, Alicia Brossette.