Research COI - Frequently Asked Questions


COI Policy

COI Disclosure


How do I:

Complete the required Research COI course in CITI?

Complete my Research COI Disclosure in iRIS?

Check on my CITI training coursework in iRIS?

FAQs - Research COI Definitions

  1. What is a conflict of interest (COI)? What is a research conflict of interest (RCOI)?
  2. What is a financial interest?
  3. Who is considered a “family member”?
  4. What is a conflict of commitment (COC)?
  5. What is a disclosure form (declaration)?
  6. What is an “outside professional activity”?
  7. What are examples of conflicts of interest in research?Return to Top of FAQ Section

FAQs - RCOI Policy 

  1. What does the COI Policy address?
  2. Do I need to disclose my activities that involve foreign government entities?  What about my activities involving universities or research institutions that are not based in the U.S.?
  3. Do I need to disclose my outside professional activities?
  4. I want to hire one of my family members or members of my household to work with me at OSU. Do I need to disclose this?
  5. I have a private relationship with a vendor and I want to use them to provide goods/services for my work at OSU.  Do I need to disclose this?
  6. Why does the University need a COI Policy?
  7. Why is disclosure necessary?
  8. Who will be able to see my disclosed financial interests?
  9. If I disclose a financial interest, will it delay submission of my proposal?
  10. If it is determined that I have a COI, will it affect the acceptance of an award?
  11. Why are “family members” and their financial interests included in what I have to disclose?
  12. Can I start a company… consult… serve on a board of directors… lecture at another University… etc.?Return to Top of FAQ Section

FAQs -  RCOI Training and Disclosure 

  1. I don’t have a COI.  Why do I have to enroll in OSU's RCOI program?
  2. Where do I find the RCOI disclosure form?
  3. Who has to enroll in OSU's RCOI program?
  4. How often do I have to disclose my financial interests?
  5. Why do I have to complete my COI disclosure again if I completed it last year?
  6. How long will it take to complete my COI disclosure?
  7. What types of activities/interests do I have to disclose?
  8. Who is going to see my disclosure form?
  9. What happens after I submit my disclosure form?
  10. Who determines if a conflict of interest exists?
  11. What happens if I have a research COI?
  12. What is a Conflict of Interest Management Plan?Return to Top of FAQ Section