OSU's Research Conflict of Interest (RCOI) Program and federal Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) regulations requires OSU-affiliated investigators (also known as "covered persons") to disclose their financial interests to OSU and complete training on related investigator responsibilities, federal regulations, and university policy. 


Research COI Program - Training Requirements


Do I need to complete the Research COI training?

If your affiliation with OSU is described below, then yes, you must complete OSU-affiliated COI training at least once every 4 years.

  1. Any person with an Academic Appointment
  2. Any person listed by name on a sponsored project
  3. Any person with responsibility for the design, conduct, reporting, and/or oversight of research affiliated with OSU
  4. Any person affiliated with OSU, upon request by their supervisor, unit head, dean, COI officer or other appropriate university administrator.


How often must I complete the Conflict of Interest training?

COI training must be completed at least once every four years.  

Training could be required more frequently; for example, when the university COI policy is revised, when a person is new to OSU or is newly appointed to an academic position, when a person is non-compliant with OSU's COI policy or their COI management plan, and upon request by their supervisor, unit head, dean, COI officer or other appropriate university administrator.  


How do I complete this training?

OSU sponsors a free, online Conflict of Interest training course on the CITI Program website, which should now be accessed using OSU's single-sign on (SSO) system, Duo.  Registration is required for first-time users, and users must choose the course(s) they want or need to complete (such as Conflicts of Interest) and add them to their account.  A CITI user guidance document is available for the OSU community here.  

Note that successful completion of the CITI COI course requires answering all of the course quiz questions correctly, and quizzes may be re-taken as needed. 

If you have additional questions about the CITI training requirement or course, contact us at: COI@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-2762.


Other Training Opportunities

Research Conflict of Interest presentations are available upon request.  Topics for presentations or discussions include: A primer on conflicts of interest in research, How to satisfy OSU RCOI requirements, and How to Manage an RCOI.  If you would like a RCOI Program representative to give a presentation or facilitate a discussion, please contact the RCOI Administrator, at COI@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-2762.