Below you can find a list of required training from the Research Training Finder to ensure your research project and team are in compliance with USC policy, federal and state laws, sponsor requirements, and award terms and conditions.

In addition, each semester our Center for Excellence in Research organizes workshops for USC researchers. These courses are designed to provide faculty, research staff, postdocs, PhD students and graduate students across all fields of study with specialized skills and knowledge in seeking funding from government, foundation, and corporate organizations as well as a variety of other topics.

For more opportunities to learn, please also take a look at our Events. If you’d like to add an event, you can submit it to the USC Research Calendar with an image and tag the Office of Research under Department. Please make sure it’s not already listed below before adding. To share your event on our Twitter, your group can also photo tag us in their posts and we’ll retweet.

Required Research Training

AALAS Certification

Biology, care, and use of common laboratory animal species; disease problems of laboratory animals and updates on health surveillance programs.

Animal Care and Use Training

Training materials are assigned according to the species listed and procedures described in the approved IACUC Protocol Synopsis Form on which the ‘trainee’ is listed.

Annual Safety Refresher Training

ASR must be provided to research staff by the PI or designee and must include specific safety topics.

Bloodborne Pathogens Training (BBP)

Anyone working with or has the potential to be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials must attend.

BSL3 Laboratory Requirements

Research requirements and procedures for use of the BSL3 laboratory.

Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)

Provides basic or advanced training tailored to the CRC’s fundamental role in the conduct of clinical trials.

Conflict of Interest

Offered through the CITI Program; discusses the PHS regulations on financial conflicts of interest and disclosure of significant financial interests.

Controlled Substances Training

Required for those who work with controlled substances.

General Lab Safety Training

The course covers hazardous materials, lab hazards, engineering and administrative controls, personal protective equipment, and hazardous waste management.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

Offered through the CITI Program; course content is tailored to GCP for clinical trials with investigational drugs and biologics, medical devices, social-behavioral research.

Grants Management for Faculty

Overview of responsibilities of an investigator: authorship, peer review, mentoring, COI, data management, fiscal management, funding mechanisms, post-award management, etc.


Covers all aspects of HIPAA and the protection of the privacy of individually identifiable health information.

Human Subjects Research Protections

Offered through the CITI Program; Focuses on biomedical or social-behavorial.

Laser Safety training

Laser classification, safe work practices, and PPE.

Radiation Safety Training

Radioactive materials (RAM), radiation sources, and radiation-producing devices, safe work practices, PPE, and radioactive waste management.

Respiratory Protection Training

Respiratory Protection training provides guidance for respirator selection, explains limitations, proper storage, use and care of respirators.

Responsible Conduct of Research

RCR topics include: scientific integrity, misconduct and fraud in science, data management, etc.

Shipping of Biological Materials and/or Dry Ice

Designed to teach researchers the safety concerns surrounding the use of viral vectors.

The Basics of Bayh-Dole

Basics of the Bayh-Dole Act as well as the obligations of USC researchers under the Bayh-Dole Act.

Viral Vector/BSL2+

Designed to teach researchers the safety concerns surrounding the use of viral vectors.

X-Ray Training

Covers basic irradiator safety and operation or aspects of radiation safety for users of Diffraction type radiation producing machines.

Fall 2022 CER Events

Navigating Research and Scholarship at USC 2022

Whether you’re new or need a refresher, this annual event is an opportunity to learn and ask questions about campus-wide resources available to support your research and scholarly work.

USC Awards to Fund Your Research

We’ll review internal grant programs supporting research, scholarship and technology, as well as give you guidelines and tips on how to ensure your proposal is a success.

Submitting a Limited Submissions Proposal

Come learn about obtaining approval, the internal review and selection process, and submitting a proposal for a limited submission at USC.

Funding from Foundations for STEM

Find out how you can build a meaningful relationship with a foundation and the process, as well as resources, available for those in STEM to help you along the way.

Funding from Foundations for Arts and Humanities

Find out how you can build a meaningful relationship with a foundation and the process, as well as resources, available for those in Arts and Humanities to help you along the way.

Other Training and Events