Office of Research Administration

Mandatory Financial Conflict of Interest Training

All investigators funded by the Public Health Service or an agency that has adopted the PHS financial conflict of interest policy must take FCOI training prior to the disbursement of funds.

Brandeis offers a convenient, customized online training program through the University of Miami's Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. This course must be completed within a reasonable period of time prior to disbursement of funds and engagement in research, and at least every four years thereafter.

CITI Program

Note: The module Conflicts of Interest in Research Involving Human Subjects within the Training in Human Subjects Research course does not satisfy this requirement. You must complete the Training in Financial Conflicts of Interest course to satisfy the PHS requirement.

Registration Process

  • Follow the instructions for registering at the CITI Program website. If you need help, see CITI's Guide to Getting Started.
  • Once you are registered, you will be asked to select your curriculum. You can ignore questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. Choose the Financial Conflicts of Interest course in Question 6.
  • Clicking the "Submit" button will bring you to your Brandeis University Courses page, where you will see the course "Conflicts of Interest" listed.
  • Click on the course title and begin the course by clicking on the first module.