Office of Research

6/6 New Financial Conflicts of Interest Training Module is Available

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 3:07pm

Dear Colleagues:

The online Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) training, which will be mandatory for all PHS-funded investigators* as of August 24, 2012, is now available at:

*The definition of an “investigator” includes the Principal Investigator (PI) and any other person (regardless of title or position) that the PI identifies as independently responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of the research; upcoming changes to the eGC-1 form in SAGE will permit the PI to identify which key personnel meet this definition on new proposals.

Who should take the training and when:

  • Public Health Service (PHS)-funded investigators (including those investigators anticipating receiving PHS awards after August 24, 2012) must complete online FCOI training prior to the expenditure of funds on any project awarded on or after August 24, 2012.
  • Current PHS awards are not subject to these new requirements until the next noncompeting continuation award is funded (i.e., if the continuation grant is awarded after August 24, 2012).
  • The mandatory training requirement applies only to PHS-funded investigators as of August 24, 2012.
  • This mandatory training must be re-taken at least every four years.

How to access and track training:

  • Investigators log in to the FCOI training module ( using their UW NetIDs.
  • Training completions will be recorded automatically. Completion records will be made available to the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) for verification of Investigator compliance with the mandatory training requirement (which will be required before new awards can be released after August 24, 2012).
  • Training must be completed before new awards are processed.

Further implementation processes to ensure compliance with the new regulations are still under development. We’ll keep you updated between now and August 24, 2012, using email and the FCOI website,

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Research:

Jeff Cheek, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Research Compliance & Operations, Office of Research