University of Michigan’s online Program for Education and Evaluation in Responsible Research and Scholarship

PEERRS courses provide training required per university, state, and federal regulations regarding responsible conduct of research (RCR). PEERRS certifications are valid for three (3) years from the last completion date.

PEERRS certification may be required for participation on a study or project team, depending on your role (e.g., Principal Investigator), the funding source (e.g., NSF), and/or the type of research (e.g., human subjects). As part of the research approval processes, an applicable U-M administrative office (e.g., ORSP, IRB) verifies your PEERRS certification status when you are listed as:
 - An investigator on a project proposal (PAF)
 - A study team member on a human subjects application (HUM) 

Certification Process
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1.  Determine the courses you need to complete. Certification may be based on your role, your area of research, and/or the funding source for a research project.  It is likely you will need to complete more than one course for full certification.
2.  Register for and take a course.
3.  Record course completion

Training Requirements
Complete the PEERRS course marked with a diamond as applicable for your role(s) and type(s) research activity. You may be serving in more than one role at a time so more than one row may apply.  Your PEERRS training certification must be up-to-date in order for:
 - ORSP to award externally sponsored project funds (both new awards and increments to existing awards).
 - U-M IRBs to approve human subject studies.
 - IACUC to approve animal protocols.

PEERRS Modules
Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure, review, and management guidelines. Learn about the policies and processes Principal Investigator(s) and Co-Investigators need to be aware of to recognize and disclose outside interests as they relate to research activity, as well as your role in the review of outside interests and the management of conflicts of interest and commitment.

Foundations of Good Research Practice provides an introduction to several topics related to responsibly conducting and administering research at UM. Topics include publications and authorship, intellectual property, the meaning of your signature, plagiarism and misconduct in research.

Research Administration provides an introduction to essential information a Principal Investigator needs to know to conduct research responsibly as well as to interact with the research administration infrastructure of the University. 

Human Subjects Research Protection explains the regulatory requirements and ethical consideration to project human research subjects.

Authorship covers the responsibilities of authorship, rights of co-authors and proper conduct by reviewers.

Export Controls provides an overview of U.S. Export Control regulations in relation to research activity and describes the concepts, processes, and policies U-M researchers need to follow to be export compliant.