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Research Training

Research Education Programs 

New Investigator Development Program
This program helps junior faculty members develop effective research proposals in a two phase process. In Grants 101, they learn about UTHealth research policies and procedures, and, in Grants 102, they refine their skills for writing competitive grant applications. The New Investigator Development Program is led by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic & Research AffairsClick here to learn more about the New Investigator Development Program.

Clinical Research Curriculum
The Clinical Research Curriculum (CRC) is a two-year introductory series of evening courses designed to promote clinical research expertise among clinical investigators at the fellow and junior faculty levels. Click here to learn more about the Clinical Research Curriculum.

Masters in Clinical Research 
The Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Research Degree Program at McGovern Medical School is designed for faculty and clinical fellows who wish to receive formal training as they build a career in patient-oriented clinical research.  We provide a focused, flexible, and affordable program that trains clinical investigators to conduct exemplary quality clinical research and become competitive in seeking research support. Click here to learn more about the Masters in Clinical Research.

UTHealth Courses as Non-degree Students

UTHealth faculty and staff may register for select courses offered at McGovern Medical School, School of Biomedical Informatics, School of Public Health and  MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Each course has specific instructions on their application process. 

Implementation Science Training

An Introduction to Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: A short course for World Health Organization affiliated researchers,  A World Health Organization sponsored training program for global health researchers interested in implementation research.

Texas Institute for Implementation Science Conference: This 2020 event explored the evolution, current state, and future research agenda in implementation science through a series of four seminars featuring lectures by leading experts in the field of implementation science and a facilitated, interactive panel discussion with lecturers.

Implementation Science Workshops: Visit this page for updates on new trainings, courses, and certificate programs in implementation science.  The Institute will help launch a Dissemination and Implementation certificate program in 2023 and new trainings are added to the website on a routine basis.

Regulatory and Institutional Policy Training 

Investigator Responsibility Briefing
UTHealth employees serving as Principal Investigators (PI's) on sponsored projects are required to complete responsible conduct of research training before accounts for research grants/contracts can be created. Click here to learn more about Investigator Responsibility Briefing.

Responsible Conduct of Research
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training ensures that all research is conducted responsibly, safely, and in compliance with acceptable regulations and policies.

Research Conflicts of Interest
Research Conflicts of Interest training addresses the importance of ensuring financial interests do not affect, or appear to affect, the design, conduct of reporting of research or compromise the protection of human subjects. Click here to learn more about Research Conflicts of Interest.

Animal Research Investigator Training
Investigators, technical personnel, trainees and other personnel who are involved in the oversight, or actual care and use of experimental animals must be qualified through training or experience to accomplish these tasks in a humane and scientifically acceptable manner. Faculty with approved animal use protocols must assure the Animal Welfare Committee (AWC) --- also known as the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) --- that personnel will be or are adequately trained. Click here to learn more about Animal Research Investigator Training.

Human Subjects Research Training 
Mandatory training for researchers conducting human subjects research.  Human subjects training is available through CITI--log on to to complete the training. Click here for help with using CITI.

Environmental Health & Safety
Transportation and shipment of biological materials is subjected to stringent regulatory controls. Individuals involved in the transportation and shipment of infectious substances must receive training on the applicable regulations and requirements before shipping such materials. EHS provides regular training sessions for those individuals requiring shipping training. Click here for the Infectious Substances Shipping training or call the Biological Safety Program at 713-500-8170 for questions or assistance with shipping.

Effort Reporting
All UTHealth faculty with effort on sponsored projects and other employees involved in the effort certification process must complete approved training on effort reporting.  Re-certification through continuing education is required every three years. Click here to learn more about Effort Reporting.

Research Misconduct
DHHS's Office of Research Integrity (ORI) offers an interactive training video, which educates clinical and social researchers on the importance of appropriately protecting research participants and avoiding research misconduct--the video allows the viewer to assume the role of one of four characters and to determine the outcome of the story line by selecting decision-making choices. Additionally, ORI has posted other video vignettes of case studies, as well as a description of the types of research misconduct and written case studies.

Post Doctoral Training Program

Postdoctoral Certificate Training Program
The nationally-recognized Postdoctoral Certificate Training Program at UTHealth has continued the professional training of hundreds of postdocs to prepare them for their future endeavors in science. The program consists of four core classes: Responsible Conduct in Research, Career Development, Presentation Skills, and Teaching Skills. Courses vary in platforms from in-person classroom/virtual settings to self-paced online learning. Postdocs also have the option of taking a host of elective courses offered in our six UTHealth schools. Click here to learn more about Post Doctoral Training Programs.