Foundations for Research Professionals

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Research professionals who are new to research or new to the University of Minnesota gain critical knowledge for their job through this training program. 


COVID-19 update: Foundations for Research Professionals has shifted to an online/virtual format.

Why enroll?

CTSI's Foundations for Research Professionals program can help you:

  • Increase knowledge of research professionals’ roles and responsibilities

  • Gain a solid understanding of local and federal regulations, and how to operate using Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

  • Get connected with resources, and learn to navigate the University of Minnesota research landscape. 

  • Prepare for human research professional certifications through ACRP and SOCRA.

What to expect

Training is approximately 20 hours over two weeks.

Baseline and post assessment 

For evaluating program effectiveness and individual knowledge change.

Six in-person sessions

~12 hours over five days

  • Session 1: Overview of Research, Regulations, & Ethics 

  • Session 2: Institutional Review Board & Budgets

  • Session 3: Informed Consent in Human Research (Session 1) 

  • Session 4: Preparing for a Study 

  • Session 5: Study Management

  • Session 6: Participant Recruitment & Engagement

Five online training modules

These modules complement and reinforce the in-person sessions. Take these modules any time, anywhere:

Essential resources

Get connected to online references, materials, and resources.

Completion certificate and training record

After taking in-person and online training, you’ll complete a post assessment to measure newly gained knowledge about human research. Then, completion of this course will be included on your Training Record and you’ll receive a certificate of completion. 

Who it's for

Who it's for

Clinical research coordinators (CRCs) and other research professionals who are working on a University research study and are:

  • New to new to research that involves human participants.

  • New to the University of Minnesota (less than one year).



Training is free to both departments and individual coordinators who participate.



Anyone registering for Foundations for Research Professionals training programs should complete the University’s minimal training requirements prior to starting the course.

A baseline knowledge assessment will be administered by the course instructor after registration. Complete this within one to two weeks of registration. 

What participants say

“Learning and networking with other coordinators was really valuable.”

“It was incredibly helpful as a brand new clinical research coordinator. Every session brought something useful to light.”

“Online & in-person sessions really catered to different learning styles. The instructors kept the environment fun and safe for conversation.”

“I passed my SOCRA exam after studying from the materials. This is a great course and I recommend it to everyone I know who is starting as a coordinator.”