The University of Michigan is committed to fostering an environment for the responsible conduct of research. Compliance includes training for principal investigators, key personnel and students.  These guidelines apply to several forms of research compliance (e.g., conflict of interest, human subjects protection, animal care and use) or to topics related to the proper conduct of research (e.g., authorship). 

Human Subjects Protection
UM-Flint Institutional Review Board (IRB) website, consent templates, IRB meeting schedule, etc.
Animal Care Compliance
University-wide Animal Care and Use Program
PEERRS Certification

The University's online Program for Education & Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship (PEERRS) offers eLearning courses for investigators and others at U-M to fulfill compliance-specific training regulations, such as that for human subjects protections.  PEERRS contains a course called, Research Practice Foundations, which covers many of the recommended RCR topics.  Separate courses are available to learn about the policies and guidelines related to:

  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Human Subjects Protection

For students and postdoctoral researchers, PEERRS courses may be considered pre-requisites, but are not an equivalent for a U-M school/college RCR training program. PEERRS courses commonly cited as pre-requisites in school/college RCR programs are the Research Practice Foundations and Authorship courses. 

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

U-M follows federal, state and university guidelines regarding Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training for principal investigators, key personnel, and students.  RCR is the practice of investigation with integrity, following established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to research.  NIH and NSF now require face-to-face discussion with faculty participation in training for federally-funded research activity.

UM Policy Documents/websites: