VCU provides training to educate investigators about the administrative systems used to conduct research as well as policies governing responsible conduct of research.

Principal Investigator Training

  • Medicine Required Training for Investigators (Required)
    Accessed through VCU Blackboard using your eID.
  • NIH Submissions to using the VCUeRA (Required to submit NIH applications)
    As of November 1, 2013, OSP will no longer offer formal training for VCUeRA. Instead, contact DOIM RSO to request one on one assistance with VCUeRA.
  • NIH eRA Commons Primer (Recommended)
    Course offering schedule or enrollment may be done at (search on keyword “NIH”)
  • eCRT (Effort Reporting System) Training
    VCU fulfills the federal effort reporting requirement through the use of eCRT, a web-based tool that calculates the distribution of effort for all employees paid from sponsored program funds. Training may be done on-line or instructor-led classroom training.

Research Staff Training

  • Medicine Required Training for Investigators (Recommended)
    Accessed through VCU Blackboard using your eID.
  • DOIM Research Staff Training
    DOIM offers monthly training sessions on topics relevant to research. To view the schedule or enroll, go to and search under “Internal Medicine.”
  • DOIM Research Services Office Training Group Site
    Access through VCU Blackboard using your eID
    The site serves as a resource and repository for training information and materials for Department of Internal Medicine staff involved in the management of research projects and their funding. 
    To enroll, search for “DOIM” under the “Organization” tab in Blackboard.

Research Specific Training