If you are planning to submit a grant application to an agency within
the Public Health Service (PHS) (such as the National Institutes of
Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention), or for other extramural funding, you
must complete the Conflict of Interest training in advance
of submitting your proposal.
As part of the revised PHS regulations (42 CFR 50 Subpart F
and 45 CFR Part 94), the federal government has mandated conflict of
interest training for all investigators on projects funded or proposed
for funding by PHS agencies, including the NIH.
An “Investigator” is defined as the principal investigator
(PI), project director, and any other person, regardless of title or
position, who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of
research funded by the PHS, including collaborators and consultants.
The University of Cincinnati’s COI training module contains
information regarding the recently promulgated PHS regulations and the
University’s policy on conflicts of interest as they relate to research
conducted at the University. Investigators must complete the training
every four years.
If you are a new employee, as part of the orientation
process, you will be required to complete an Outside Activity Report
form. As part of this web-based system, if you indicate that you are a
researcher, you will be directed to complete the Conflict of Interest
training through UC’s Center for Continuous Professional Development.
The OAR form cannot be submitted until the training has been completed.
If you need to complete the Conflict of Interest training,
then you can visit UC’s Center for Continuous Professional Development
by visiting the following link: https://webcentral.uc.edu/cpd_online2/
Click on the “Compliance Training or Competency Testing” tab. Next,
under Compliance Courses, select “Conflict of Interest—Required OAR
Training”. This will take you directly to the module followed by a short
Please contact the Conflict of Interest Officer if you have
any questions regarding training requirements or access to the training