Course description: Requirement to take course varies depending on NSF & NIH funding source. Topics include: scientific integrity, misconduct and fraud in science, data acquisition and management, collaborative research, responsible authorship, conflicts of interest, innovation advancement and patents, animal welfare, human subjects, mentor/mentee responsibilities and professionalism in scientific relationships.
Course description: Course consists of species-specific web courses, audiovisual presentations and self-exams. Training materials are assigned according to the species listed and procedures described in the approved Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC) Protocol Synopsis Form on which the ‘trainee’ is listed. Individuals to be trained must also be listed on the applicable IACUC protocol synopsis for by the principal investigator.
Course description: Staff training sessions covering topics such as the biology, care, and use in research of common laboratory animal species; disease problems of laboratory animals and updates on health surveillance programs as well as topics related to occupational health and safety.
Course description: This introductory course assists you in mastering key concepts necessary for effective management of sponsored projects. The course covers the USC research environment and its principles; roles and responsibilities among the research community; general terms and policies associated with USC’s research and creative endeavors, and the lifecycle of a proposal and award.
Course description: Learn the basics of preparing a proposal, including securing the appropriate approvals, submitting to the funding agency and how to access PARiS, the PreAward Research Information System. Topics include types of proposals, interpreting sponsor guidelines, completing sponsor application forms and internal USC forms.
Course description: A step-by-step primer on preparing a proposal budget. Topics include: cost components of a budget, universal cost principles applicable to preparing proposal budgets, budgeting techniques and practice, cost sharing, calculating F&A costs and budgeting tools and resources.
Course description: There are many steps to accepting and setting up an award – this course focuses on pre-award negotiations and actions such as revised budgets and advance spending; the award acceptance process; post-award management issues, including project changes, rebudgeting, subawards and subaward monitoring; cost sharing obligations, and fulfilling project reporting obligations.
Course description: This course clarifies the classification of awards as gifts, grants or contracts. Instructors provide an overview of the award classification and gift acceptance processes using case studies and other methods.
Course description: Preparing and submitting grant applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of USC’s largest sponsors, can be a daunting process. This course helps you gain the information and tools necessary to prepare and submit grants utilizing the grants.gov system or PHS 398 applications. Topics include: preparing applications for submission, modular grants, the just-in-time process and post-award management.
Course description: This course explains the policies, procedures and regulations specific to the National Science Foundation (NSF). We demonstrate the use of FastLane, NSF’s official system for submitting and reviewing proposals, the submission of annual and final project reports and all other post-award notifications and requests.
Course description: This course reviews regulations and policies related to conflict of interest, including terminology, concepts and procedures for disclosing and reviewing a financial interest. Numerous examples and role-playing opportunities guide participants as they learn to complete forms and identify and assess factors that increase concerns related to personal financial interest.
Course description: This course provides a basic understanding of intellectual property as it relates to the administration of research at USC; topics include: ownership of research records; invention disclosure; publishing; copyrights; patents; trade secrets; material transfer agreements; and tangible research products (e.g., tissue, animal models, cell lines, viruses, chemical compounds and transgenic animals).
Course description: Export control regulations govern the shipment, transmission, or transfer of certain regulated items, information or software to foreign persons or entities. This class is for anyone who administers international research and foreigns at USC, exports materials and equipment, works with disclosure-restricted technical information, travels internationally or who manages international financial transactions.
Department of Contracts and Grants & Office of Compliance
Course description: The rules, regulations and requirements associated with managing sponsored projects have become increasingly complex. Over the past few years, federal funding of sponsored projects at USC has grown considerably. Not surprisingly, however, this increase in funding carries with it increased public and governmental scrutiny over the ways in which such funds are managed and demands for accountability on the part of those involved with sponsored research. USC is aware that the responsibilities of investigators and research administrators are rapidly evolving and that maintaining up to date knowledge in this critical area is difficult. In recognition of these obligations and opportunities, and as part of USC’s continuing desire to remain consistent with our peers in the institutional research community, the university has developed the Grants Management Training Course for Faculty and made it a requirement that all new USC PI's and Co-PI's must fulfill.
Course description: : Researchers who are proposing or have received HHS (including NIH, CDC, HRSA, and AHRQ) support must make an annual disclosure of all financial interests related to their institutional responsibilities to USC, regardless of whether any of these interests give rise to a conflict of interest related to their research. The annual disclosure must be completed before a proposal can be submitted to HHS, and any identified conflicts must be managed before an account can be established. The online COI Training course consists of three modules. Two modules are provided by CITI; the third module is USC-specific and covers USC policy and the disclosure process at USC.
Course description: Courses and workshops are directed by the Office of Research leadership, former federal agency officials, and other experts, and are designed to provide researchers across all fields of study with specialized skills and knowledge in seeking funding from government, foundation, and corporate organizations.
Course description: This half-day retreat is intended for newly or recently hired research investigators in all disciplines (science, engineering, humanities and social sciences), providing information on a variety of resources available at USC; topics include: Leadership & Project Management, Mentoring & Supervising, Grant ManagementGetting Started, Who Does What? (USC Offices); TARA; Tenure & Promotion; Running a Research Laboratory, among others.
Course description: This orientation (two half-days or on-line) provides an overview of the processes, committees and departments that clinical investigators work with throughout the submission, review, approval and conduct of human subject studies or clinical trials. Topics include: University Offices and Entities; Clinical Research Roles: An Overview; Non‐CISO Non‐CTU Studies: How They Differ; Planning Research (Protocol Development); Contracting, Financial Management & Budgeting; Coordination of Ancillary Services/Support; IRB and Human Subjects Protection; iStar/Other Electronic Systems; Coordinating a Study and Compliance-Considerations Related to Clinical Trials.
Course description: This web-based course is offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program); course content includes three distinct courses tailored to the different types of clinical research: GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Medical Devices (U.S. FDA focus); GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Biologics (ICH Focus) and GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Medical Devices.
Course description: This web-based course is offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program); the course offers two tracks, one with a biomedical focus and another designed for the social, behavioral, and educational disciplines, each of which covers the historical development of human subjects protections as well as current information on regulatory and ethical issues.
Course description: General Laboratory Safety Training requires participants to enroll in a three-hour training session in addition to completing the homework assigned in class. See the EHS training calendar for more details.
Course description: Course designed for undergraduates, student workers and high school students who will work independently but under close supervision. See the EHS training calendar for more details.
Refresher Required: Yes (Conducted by PI, or on-line at CITI)
Course description: The Bloodborne Pathogens Program aims to minimize the risk of injury and illness to University employees who may have potential exposure to human/non-human bloodborne pathogens in research, teaching, and administrative units. This program applies to all University employees who have the potential to be exposed to human or non-human primate blood, blood products, cell lines, bodily fluids, or other potentially infectious materials.
Course description: Initial training for research with biohazards within a Biosafety Level 2 laboratory, including risk assessment, identification of hazards, exposure control, and emergency/spill procedures. Optional, but geared toward those who utilize cell culture, biohazards in vitro and in vivo, bloodborne pathogens, and viral vectors in their research.
Course description: Proper transport/shipment of biological materials, such as blood, serum, or other potentially infectious materials, is required to prevent spills and accidental exposure. In addition, transportation/shipment of these materials is subject to a variety of regulations (e.g., DOT, IATA, OSHA). The course is designed for anyone who ships biological materials (e.g., blood, serum, other potentially infectious agents) or dry ice.
Refresher required: Yes (Annual, Conducted by the PI)
Course description: The radiation safety program provides a structure and organization which ensures continuing implementation of the radiation safety policy throughout USC. Anyone working with (or has the potential to be exposed to) radiation or radioactive materials is required to take this course. The training program ensures that USC complies with all state and federal regulations and employees are trained in safety and emergency procedures.
Course description: Anyone working with (or has the potential to be exposed to) x-rays produced by analytic X-ray Diffraction Equipment (XRD). This class is not for those using radioactive materials (isotopes).
Course description: Course is designed for anyone required to wear a respirator; course includes training and fit testing with your respirator. Instructions for medical clearance required prior to respirator use will be provided in class.
Refresher required: Yes (Annual, conducted by the PI)
Course description: Anyone working with or intending to work with viral vectors or infectious materials. This course encompasses regulations and guidelines established by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute of Health (NIH) and USC Institutional policies.
Refresher required: Yes (Annual, conducted by the PI)
Course description: The USC laser safety program provides support to users of hazardous lasers (lasers which are either class 3B or 4). Please contact the laser safety officer if you will be using a laser class 3B or above for your research. Course is offered upon request.
Refresher required: Yes (Annual, conducted by the PI)