All National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant and contract awards that involve human subjects issued after October 1, 2000, require signed institutional documentation that all key personnel on a given award have received education/training in the protection of human subjects. This rule was issued by NIH on June 5, 2000.
UNH has chosen to meet this policy by requiring completion of the Web-based UNH training module on the use of human subjects in research. (This is the same training required for applicants to the UNH Institutional Review Board for approval of the use of human subjects in research.) Individuals should allow approximately 30 minutes to complete the module. They must certify completion of the module as instructed at the end of the module in order to receive an email certifying completion of the training.
Upon completion of the Web-based training and upon request, the Director of UNH Research Integrity Services (RIS) will issue individuals with a certificate of completion of continuing education in human subjects protections. Researchers should forward this documentation to NIH as proof of meeting the human subjects protections education requirement. The RIS Director will not issue a certificate for an individual without evidence that the aforementioned Web-based training has been completed. Please contact Melissa McGee (603) 862-2005, Julie Simpson at (603) 862-2003, or Theresa Cherouvis at (603) 862-3536 with any questions about the training requirement or the documentation.
This requirement falls under the NIH "just in time" procedures, meaning that the required training does not have to be completed by the time of proposal submission; rather, the training must be completed and certified by the institution BEFORE an award can be made. For further clarification, see NIH's Frequently Asked Questions for the Requirement for Education on the Protection of Human Subjects.