Conflict of Interest Training

Financial Conflict of Interest Training for Public Health Service Projects

The Public Health Service (PHS) published in the Federal Register Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Regulations which took effect August 24, 2012.

The regulations require mandatory investigator training regarding financial conflicts of interest prior to engaging in PHS funded research and at least every four years thereafter. All faculty who are recipients of funding from the PHS are required to take the training.  Agencies within the PHS include:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Indian Health Service (IHS)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)  


FCOI Training Plan

Princeton, in conjunction with CITI, has developed a web-based training module in order to comply with this requirement. All PHS funding recipients (PIs and Independent Investigators described on the award document) will need to complete the initial training and then every four years thereafter. Additionally, as required by the regulations, PIs must notify RIA if there are others working on any PHS funded research projects that, regardless of title or position, are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of the research. All such personnel will also be required to complete the training.

Log in to Princeton’s FCOI course to complete the training module. Follow the instructions for logging on and affiliating with Princeton University in order to ensure that you receive credit for successfully completing the FCOI course. 

Verification of FCOI Training

Principal Investigator’s will have the responsibility to ensure that all key personnel on a project have completed training prior to engaging in the research. Key Personnel are Principal Investigators, and any others that are responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research funded by the PHS. The University is responsible for verifying that investigators supported by PHS have received FCOI training. Successful completion of training will be tracked for all investigators receiving PHS funding.