Training & Education
Researchers who work with laboratory animals are required by federal law and by University policy to undergo appropriate training. Mandatory training includes a Web-based program in health and safety for animal workers as well as a number of courses in the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Learning Library on topics including animal welfare, federal regulations, working with the Institutional Animals Care and Use Committee (IACUC), inspection procedures, occupational health, and biosafety. Additional courses in the AALAS Learning Library that focus on specific animal species are also required, as dictated by the research program. All researchers who work with laboratory animals must receive a facility orientation provided by Laboratory Animal Resources staff, and additional hands-on training to ensure proficiency may also be required.
Any person who works in a laboratory must receive training to become knowledgeable about potential hazards in the laboratory. Laboratory workers must attend a laboratory safety training session given by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety and receive additional, more specific training as dictated by the research needs.
As required by federal regulation and University policy, all researchers, including students, who use human subjects in their research studies must be certified through the completion of an appropriate training program. This requirement includes all members of the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects (IRB). All researchers must complete an approved training program and provide the IRB with documentation of certification prior to the start of the project.
Responsible conduct of research
The University believes that training in the responsible conduct of research (RCR) is an essential component of post-graduate education and it is Princeton’s policy to provide RCR education to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers proactively as an important element in their professional scientific training. The University’s approved plan stipulates that all graduate students who receive financial support from federal sources must receive this training, and encourages departments in the natural sciences, social sciences and engineering to extend this training to all their graduate students, irrespective of the source of their financial support. RCR training is also mandated by certain grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and Princeton provides RCR training to all researchers on these projects, including undergraduates and other short-term researchers, to comply with the regulations of federal research sponsors.
RCR training courses are offered through academic departments and an online training platform is also available. Academic departments, center and institutes determine which training is appropriate and necessary for their students and post-doctoral researchers. An extensive online RCR resource is maintained by the Office of Research and Project Administration.