General Information

One requirement of the regulations is that all investigators must complete FCOI training  before the beginning of any new research award (grant or contract) or before the beginning of any new fiscal year of an existing award rom PHS.

The University uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web-based courses to satisfy this requirement for UMBC researchers, but provides other opportunites as well. If you have any questions, contact the Office for Research Protections and Compliance at 410‐455‐2737 or coi@umbc.edu.

Registering for Courses

Open the below documents to obtain more information on how to register with CITI to take this course; then log into CITI (www.citiprogram.org).

How to register for the CITI Conflict of Interest Training Course

Copies of Training Completion Reports

Once the training module is completed, you may print a copy of your training completion report by logging into CITI (www.citiprogram.org), using your username and password, and clicking the "Print" link under the Completion Reports column in My Courses. PHS regulations require that investigators take a "refresher" course every four  years. Currently, investigators must re-take the modules orignially completed.

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Descriptions of Conflict of Interest Training Courses Available

Course Module Name Recommended for Description
Financial Conflicts of Interest: Overview, Investigator Responsibilities, and COI Rules

Investigators to learn about individual responsibilities and processess to follow for disclosing conflicts.

This course provides information about how federal regulations relate to financial conflicts of interest, the various forms of financial conflicts of interest in research, how to Identify significant financial interests (SFIs) that investigators are required to disclose, and the ongoing obligations that investigators have relating to financial conflicts of interest. This module serves as the core training for the course and is mandatory to complete.

Reading, reviewing and completing the module and quizzes will take approximately 1 hour. The passing score for this CITI course is 80% .

Institutional Responsibilities as They Affect Investigators Investigators to learn about UMBC's responsibilities to manage potential conlficts

This course provides information about how conflicts are identified, reviewed and managed, explain how significant financial interests could affect the objectivity of research, why institutions must develop strategies to address conflict of interests. This module serves as the core training for the course and is mandatory to complete.

Reading, reviewing and completing the module and quizzes will take approximately 1 hour.The passing score for this CITI course is 80% .

Conflicts of Commitment, Conscience, and Institutional Conflicts of Interest Investigators to learn about.subtle conflicts that can affect the integrity of research and the relationships between colleagues

This optional course provides information about conflicts of commitment, conflicts of conscience, and institutional conflicts of interest.

Additional Training Opportunities

UMBC’s Office of Research Protections and Compliance provides a wide variety of training.  ORPC has presented to departments, labs and administrative groups on campus.  We would be more than happy to meet with you or your unit.  Please feel free to contact us at compliance@umbc.edu.

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