Davidson College requires all investigators (faculty, students, staff–anyone named as personnel on a new or existing non-exempt research project), and faculty serving as faculty sponsors for student research projects, to complete human subjects training using the National Institutes of Health (NIH) tutorial on Protecting Human Subjects Participants. A copy of the certification of completion must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org as part of the application for IRB approval of a research project.
The course takes approximately three hours to complete (can be taken nonconsecutively) and the certification is good for three years.
The IRB may accept alternate training in lieu of NIH training if the researcher can produce documentation indicating completion of a comparable training course, the training mechanism and the date of completion. Such documentation should accompany the application submission or be sent to the IRB office upon request.
Davidson College's access to federal research funding depends on compliance with federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in research as governed by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. OHRP requires that all members of the college's Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) and any individual conducting and/or supervising federally-funded research involving human subjects complete a program of instruction on the responsible treatment of human subjects. Further, OHRP recommends that all research investigators complete appropriate institutional educational training before conducting human subjects research.