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 May 2014  |  Volume 5, Issue 4
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CITI Offers Online Research Training

NDSU subscribes to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, called CITI for short, to provide faculty, staff and students access to a wide variety of research-related training modules which are available online 24/7. Developed by the University of Miami in 2000, CITI is a leading provider of research education and training for institutions and other organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere. The following courses and learner groups are currently available at NDSU:

  • Human Subjects Research -  IRB training
  • Lab Animal Research - IACUC training
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity – IBC training
  • Responsible Conduct of Research  - required for NSF, USDA-NIFA and some NIH grantees (see RCR Policy 348)
  • Conflicts of Interest  - required for PHS grantees
  • Good Clinical Practice – optional modules

A selected course requires working through a series of educational modules, each with a quiz at the end to determine mastery, before moving on to the next module. CITI updates and develops additional training modules as needs dictate, and NDSU may elect to add modules in the future.

Some training modules are required for projects involving IRB, IACUC or IBC approvals, or to fulfill other sponsor training requirements. Sponsored Programs Administration staff receive automatic notification from CITI of those at NDSU who have completed such courses.  Your CITI course taken at another institution may be transferable to NDSU once your affiliation is updated.

The IRB, IACUC and IBC provide additional instructions for CITI enrollment on their websites.  To register and start training, visit https://www.citiprogram.org/

Register with NEH PRISM to Become A Peer Reviewer

Many grant agencies use a peer review system to select the most meritorious grant proposals which are deserving of grant awards. One of the best ways to gain insight into how a particular grant agency works is to become one of the peer panelists or peer reviewers for grant proposals submitted to that agency. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the federal agencies that rely on advice and recommendations of peer experts. In the case of NEH, humanities scholars and experts in other relevant fields from across the country are asked to review grant proposals submitted to their programs.

PRISM -- the Panelist/Reviewer Information System -- is the database of prospective reviewers used by the staff of the NEH. Prospective or current reviewers or panelists, applicants, grantees, grant administrators, and others who have contact with the NEH, may use PRISM.

If you have expertise in a relevant discipline, consider adding your information to PRISM. To view the NEH definition of 'humanities,' scroll down to the bottom of this webpage, About NEH. In registering for PRISM, you can provide contact information, your educational background and current institutional affiliation, your humanities expertise, and additional information you think is relevant. Any information you provide will only be used by NEH staff members for the purposes of identifying suitable reviewers and panelists. People who are asked and then serve as panelists for the NEH are paid an honorarium.

Questions may be sent by email to prism@neh.gov or view the PRISM FAQ webpage. Note that many other federal agencies use a similar review process for their grant proposals, so check out those of interest to you for their peer reviewer opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Future of the Bio-Industry Summit
Sponsored by NDSU Department of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, Red River Valley Research Corridor, and Bioscience Association of North Dakota
May 21, 2014, 8:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
NDSU Memorial Union-Fargo, ND
The Bio-Industry Summit will explore trends and activities shaping global demand for products and technologies derived from biological and agricultural sources.
North Dakota and the surrounding region are home to an abundance of natural resources and biological feedstocks that have the potential to contribute and influence the landscape of the bio-industry. The summit will focus on four bio-industries - biotechnology, bio-energy, life sciences and bio-materials - which have significant economic development implications for our region to feed, fuel, heal, and build the world.
Please Register >>

Eighth Annual UAS Action Summit - "Where the Future Gets Its Flight Plan"
Sponsored by U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, Congressman Kevin Cramer, City of Grand Forks, Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority, and Red River Valley Research Corridor
June 25-26, 2014
UND Alerus Center-Grand Forks, ND
The 8th Annual Research Corridor UAS Action Summit,"Where the Future Gets Its Flight Plan," will continue to build upon the foundation of previous year's events by exploring important issues facing the continued development of the unmanned aircraft systems industry, growth of supporting industries, and numerous applications that are poised to change lives across the globe. Topics and applications include airspace integration strategies, the role of unmanned systems in shaping the face of precision agriculture, privacy and legal concerns, platform development, sense and avoid, and technology development. Please Register >>

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