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Training & Resources - Human Subjects
The Office of Extramural Research (OER) provides training and communication tools such as web-based tutorials, presentations, and other resources to assist you in accessing and understanding information in determining if your research involves human subjects, may be exempt from federal regulations, or is not considered human subjects research.
On this page:
Education Requirement, including information about fulfilling the required education in the protection of human research participants.
Training, including required training, information for completing applications, training for using the Human Subjects System (HSS), and Single IRB training.
- Resources, including the course content from the retired PHRP course, the Human Subjects Research and Exempt Human Subjects Research infographics, funding opportunity announcements, bioethics information, links to OHRP, and more.
Protection of Human Subjects Education
Investigators and all key personnel who will be involved in the design or conduct of NIH-funded human subjects research must fulfill the protection of human subjects education requirement. For additional information, please see the Human Subjects Research FAQs. Additional information about the requirement for education on the protection of human subjects policy can be found here.
Find useful resources for filling out the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form, study records application submission presentations, and annotated form sets.
The HSS system is a shared system that enables grant recipients to electronically report and update their data on human subjects research and clinical trials to NIH; and for NIH agency staff to monitor and manage the study progress.
NIH Single IRB Webinar - October 2017
To prepare investigators, signing officials, research organizations or institutions, and institutional review board (IRB) staff involved in the design, conduct, or review of research involving domestic multi-site non-exempt human subjects studies to understand their s roles and responsibilities with the NIH Single IRB policy.
Preparing the NIH Protection of Human Subjects Section and an Overview of NIH's New Policies - OER Regionals Presentation - October 2018
Identify requirements for research involving human subjects and understand new NIH policies regarding human subjects research.
Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP)
Institutions seeking to fulfill the requirement for education in the protection of human research will need to use another training program or develop a program to meet the requirement. NIH does not specify or endorse any specific educational programs. Archived course content is available for download as listed below. Note that this content is no longer maintained or updated as of September 26, 2018, but is available as a reference.
Course Content (English language)
Course Content (Spanish language)
Quiz Questions (English language)
Quiz Questions (Spanish language)
- Human Subjects Research Infographic: defining human subjects research and what is required when receiving NIH funding.
- Exempt Human Subjects Research Infographic: summary of exempt human subjects research and examples for each exemption
Other Human Subjects Research Resources
Grants applications and funding
- NIH Grant Application or Proposal Considerations
- NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts Funding Opportunities and Notices