Stewardship and Compliance for Research Investigators (SCRI) - Training Series

In July 2022, Duke launched the “Stewardship and Compliance for Research Investigators” (SCRI) training series, which prepares Duke researchers, investigators, and scholars to efficiently and effectively apply for funding opportunities, as well as manage individual funded projects and portfolios. This training is required for individuals who have responsibilities to the funder. It is required for those listed as PI (Principal Investigator), co-PI, PI fellow, or sponsor “key” personnel on research, fellowship or clinical trial awards, as documented in Duke’s Sponsored Program System (SPS). 

The series is comprised of 5 modules, which vary in length. Personnel should be prepared to spend roughly 1-2 hours to complete the overall series.

The modules may be of interest to others in the research community who are not required to complete the series, and are available on demand through the Learning Management System (LMS).

Please contact with questions about the training series.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know if I am required to complete the modules?

If you are listed as a PI, co-PI, PI fellow, or sponsor “key” personnel in SPS on new or existing externally sponsored awards (in the category of research, clinical trial or fellowship), you will be required to complete the series by January 31, 2023 (with refresher updates every two years thereafter).  You can see your roles at-a-glance in myRESEARCHhome, under "ACTIVE AWARDS."  The first two rows of categories (PI/CO-PI/Fellow and Senior/Key Personnel) are roles that will typically require SCRI.

You will be reminded at critical timepoints (e.g., Intent to Submit, Proposal Submission) to complete the training if you are not up to date.  

You can check to see if you are required to take the training by viewing the "Compliance” section of the Portfolio widget in myRESEARCHhome.  Please note that statuses refresh next business day.

It is important to note that “sponsor key personnel” is a special designation made by the sponsor and PI and is not the same as being a co-investigator listed on the grant. Similarly, if your role is limited to being key personnel on human subjects protocols, but you are not in one of the roles above, you do not need to take the training series.  This series is intended only for those who have responsibilities to the funder.


When am I required to take the modules?

If you are listed in a PI or sponsor-key role on an active research, clinical trial, or fellowship award, you will need to complete the modules. If this is your first award at Duke, you will need to complete the modules before the award is processed.

A training refresher will be due January 31 two years after completing the modules for the first time (i.e., if a researcher completes the modules on January 15, 2023, they will need to take the refresher before January 31, 2025).  The biannual refresher module will be brief, and introduce new content not covered in the original modules.  There will be one refresher module as opposed to 5 individual modules.

I am responsible for monitoring SCRI compliance in my unit. How do I do that?

Research units can monitor completion of SCRI for required individuals via a dashboard similar to that used for RCR training. The Research Training Tracker dashboard is available in myRESEARCHhome, in the my Links widget under the RA Tools tab. A guide to using the tracker is available here.  If you have questions about monitoring, contact


How will I know if I’ve completed the modules?

If you are required to complete the modules (i.e., you have an active award), you can check your compliance with the training series by viewing the "Compliance” section of the Portfolio widget in myRESEARCHhome.  The training status refreshes next business day.

If you are not yet required, or to check completion status of the individual modules that comprise the series, visit the Duke Learning Management System (LMS) and select the 'View Completed Learnings' navigation link on the right side of the page.

To satisfy the training requirement, SCRI Modules 1 – 5 must be completed.

What happens if I do not complete the required series of modules?

It is critical that Duke personnel serving in PI or sponsor key roles are aware of their responsibilities with external sponsors – and therefore, this is a requirement of Duke personnel assuming those roles. Those who do not complete the training will have awards held up and/or may not be paid from externally sponsored funds.

What is covered in the training series?

The modules will cover process, policies, and resources associated with:

  • Application development and submission;
  • Post-award research management;
  • Outside activities and disclosures; and
  • Research quality and integrity
Does this count for RCR 100 credit?

Completion of the SCRI series does satisfy the requirement for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) 100 credit; the series touches on many concepts fundamental to RCR.  However, the reverse is not true.  Completion of the RCR 100 training does not count towards completion of the SCRI series or any individual modules.