The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies offers many types of required or recommended research-related training. Specific training requirements should be verified with the appropriate unit.

Required Training

Animal Care Program Training

MSU and Federal Regulations require training and continuing education to ensure that all scientists, research technicians, animal technicians, and other personnel involved in animal care, treatment, and use are qualified to perform their duties in the care and use of research animals.

Conflict of Interest

Financial Conflict of Interest (COI) training is required for investigators (of all levels regardless of title) prior to engaging in research related to any National Science Foundation or Public Health Service (including Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, etc.) projects. Training covers federal requirements and MSU's policy and procedures for disclosing and managing potential financial conflicts.

Human Research Protection Program Training

All individuals involved in a human subject research project who have contact with human subjects or their identifiable data must have current human research protection training. Current human research protection training consists of completing an initial educational requirement and renewing the educational requirement prior to the training expiration date. Section 11-1-A, “Education: Investigators and Research Staff,” MSU Human Research Protection Manual.

Environmental Health and Safety Training

EHS provides live and on-line training classes throughout the year to educate the employees and students of Michigan State University on safe work practices. Completion of these courses by MSU personnel ensures that the university is fulfilling local, state and federal requirements in radiation safety, chemical safety, biological safety, occupational safety, hazardous waste compliance, and environmental compliance.

Recommended Training

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Online training in export control and trade sanctions is available to MSU faculty, staff and students through a campus-wide subscription to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Be sure to use your MSU email address to sign in so that your transcripts can be imported into MSU's

Research Administration Project (Kuali Coeus)

A number of instructor-led and eLearning modules are available for research administrators and faculty to learn more about the enterprise-level research administration system used to manage research projects through their life-cycle. 

Research Development Opportunities

Academic Advancement Network

The Academic Advancement Network is a unit within the Office of the Provost that facilitates cross-institutional connections among individuals and entities in support of the advancement of academic careers. Its programs are organized around four nodes: inclusion, diversity, access, and engagement.

Center for Statistical Training and Consulting (CSTAT)

The center provides training and consulting in statistics for faculty, staff and graduate students through one-on-one consulting and training workshops.

flyer for CABS toolkitCommunicating about Your Research Beyond Journals and Peers

Michigan State University's Communication and Brand Strategies office offers an online tool kit to help faculty members to effectively tell their research stories, as well as provide guidance and tips on topics such as blogs, op-eds, social media and more.

Dave PoulsonHow-to Videos: Writing about Research

Dave Poulson, associate direction of the MSU Knight Center for Environmental Journalism in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, has prepared a series of short videos to help faculty members write effectively and persuasively about their research stories:

Communicating Science and Research - Lesson 1: Why Bother?
Communicating Science and Research - Lesson 2: Why Write Short?
Communicating Science and Research - Lesson 3: How to Write Short
Communicating Science and Research - Lesson 4: Use the Active Voice

Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER)

Extensive training and support is available through the institute to enable researchers to utilize MSU's high-performance computing resources for research. The training courses and workshops introduce new and current users to high-performance computing, and data and visualization resources.