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. Professorial Faculty
  2. Research Associates
  3. Post-Doctoral Scholars, Fellows, and trainees
  4. Any person listed by name on a sponsored project
  5. Any person with responsibility for the design, conduct, reporting, and/or oversight of research affiliated with OSU
  6. Any other person affiliated with OSU, upon request by a unit head, dean or the RCOI Officer

How often must I complete the RCOI training?

Research COI training must be completed at least once every four years.  Training could be required more frequently; for example, when the university RCOI policy is revised, when covered persons are new to OSU, and when covered persons become non-compliant with OSU's Research COI policy or their RCOI management plan.  

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:

  1. Go to CITI Program at www.citiprogram.org. * Do not click “Log in through my institution” – OSU is not on that list.  
  2. If you are a new user, register with your OSU email address: FirstName.LastName at oregonstate.  This should be your primary email for the CITI website.        * Do not use an OSU college email address – you may not receive credit for your work in iRIS when other email addresses are used.
  3. If you already registered with a different email: login to CITI, then go into your CITI profile and update your primary email using your FirstName.LastName at oregonstate email address
  4. On your "Courses" start page, there is an "Institutional Courses" section and Oregon State University should be listed there. Click "View Courses" next to the OSU name.  If you do not see “Oregon State University” listed, choose “Add an Affiliation”, and add Oregon State University. You want to be sure that your work will be connected to OSU’s account.
  5. Choose "OSU Conflicts of Interest Course" to begin
  6. If the OSU COI course is not listed, scroll farther down to the "Learner Tools" section and choose "Add a Course"
  7. On this page, there is one question for each type of course that can be added. For most of the questions, you must answer whether or not you want to add the course to your course list.  Once you finish answering the required questions, click "Submit" at the bottom of the page.
  • CITI Program has historically had very good customer support.  Their information is available here: https://support.citiprogram.org/
  • CITI has recently updated the “Getting Started” guide and video, available here.
  • If you need to merge multiple CITI accounts, please refer to the CITI website FAQs or call their Customer Support group for assistance.

If you have any 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.