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Recommended Training for TTU Researchers


The Texas Tech IRB will switch its protocol submission process to a new electronic submission system early in the spring 2016 semester.

The new submission process is part of the Cayuse 424 system used by the Office of Research Services for proposal  submission. The new Cayuse IRB portion of the system will replace the current paper submission method and will feature a researcher-friendly question-and-answer format. It also will allow researchers to view all their IRB protocols on their computer. Current paper-based IRB protocols will be transferred into the new electronic system. Until the new system is operational, please continue using the current paper-based submission process.

To assist faculty, students, and staff in learning the new system, a series of face-to-face sessions are set for: 

Thursday, Nov. 19 11 a.m. - Noon
Noon - 1 p.m.

 Friday, Nov. 20

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 30 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

All sessions will be held in room 151 of the Teaching, Learning, Professional Development Center (TLPDC) in the Library. Registration is required. Please indicate the time and date of the session you will attend. Register at www.events.tlpd.ttu.edu >>

Two sessions will be held in the Graduate Center in the basement of the Administration Building on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. To register for these sessions, please contact the graduate school.

HRPP staff members also are available for individual college training sessions. College administrators can request Cayuse IRB training for their college's faculty and students by contacting HRPP@ttu.edu.

For more information on how to use the new Cayuse system, please visit the Cayuse IRB Help resource >>

If you have questions or need more information, please contact HRPP@ttu.edu

The TTU Institutional Review Board recommends that all researchers complete a training course in conducting research with human subjects.

Required Training for NIH Researchers

TTU researchers who serve as Principal Investigators or Key Personnel on applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) must complete human subjects protection training. Here are NIH's descriptions:

Completion of the NIH or CITI training courses below fulfills the NIH education requirement for research with human subjects. Print your completion certificate (paper or PDF) and submit it to the Office of Research Services as your NIH documentation.

Training Courses

  1. NIH Training: National Institutes of Health. http://phrp.nihtraining.com
    1. Website training for social and behavioral sciences research with human subjects.
    2. If you choose to complete the NIH training course, you must retain copies of your training records. TTU personnel do not have access to Completion Certificates from NIH.
  2. CITI Training: Collaborative Institutional Training Institute.  www.citiprogram.org
    1. New Users: If you are a new user, select "New Users Register Here"
    2. Select Texas Tech University as your institution affiliation
    3. Select "Human Subjects Training"
    4. Questions? Contact ResearchIntegrity@ttu.edu or hrpp@ttu.edu.

Note: For TTU personnel collaborating with TTUHSC: You should create CITI affiliations with both TTU and TTUHSC so that both institutions can access your completion data. To do this, log on to your current CITI Training. Click on "Affiliate with another institution" and complete the required fields. Once dual affiliation is established, completion data from both institutions should be visible on your CITI training page. Please note that TTUHSC requires additional modules beyond those in the TTU Human Subjects Training Course. However, with dual affiliation, modules required by both institutions only need to be completed one time.

  1. Texas Tech Banner FERPA Online Training. http://www.depts.ttu.edu/afism/FERPA_Online_Trn/Default.aspx
    1. This training will help you understand your responsibilities as a faculty or staff member who has access to student records.

University Writing Center

The Texas Tech University Writing Center can help researchers produce a quality written proposal for submission.



The HRPP staff also is available for presentations to academic classes, organizations and faculty meetings. Contact the HRPP staff at (806) 742-2064 to arrange a time.