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 are a "covered person" and 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 RCOI 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 Research COI policy or their RCOI 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 an RCOI training course on the CITI Program website (see link below).  CITI is also used by other research integrity units such as the human research protection program (associated with the IRB committee) and the animal care and use program (associated with the IACUC) for some of their training requirements.  To successfully complete the COI training, all of the quiz questions must be answered correctly (note that quizzes may be re-taken as necessary to achieve 100%).  

How to Complete Your Course(s) in CITI

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

Other Training Opportunities

Research Conflict of interest presentations and facilitated discussions 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.