Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) Training

The University of Texas at Austin Objectivity in Research (OIR) policy requires completion of financial conflict of interest (FCOI) training and submission of a financial interest disclosure (FID) form by all individuals responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research.

Effective February 6, 2017, FCOI training is now housed within the FID form via the electronic submission system, eProtocol. The FCOI training is built in to the FID form, such that when researchers complete the FID form, they will have also completed FCOI training.

This means that the FCOI training module is no longer available through the University Compliance Services Compliance Training System (CTS). Prior CTS completion records will be maintained and researchers are not required to re-take the FCOI training as a result of this change. FCOI training will only need to be re-taken when the record expires or when the FID form expires, whichever occurs first. Over time, the expiration date of FCOI training and the FID form will be one and the same.

If you need to complete FCOI training for the first time, simply follow the instructions for submitting the FID form. As part of the FID submission process, you will complete the Policy section, which provides training regarding applicable policies, regulations, and laws for promoting objectivity in research. Click here to review and follow the instructions for submitting a FID form.

If your FCOI training record has expired or will expire and you need to re-take the training, simply follow the instructions for submitting an update to your FID form. As part of the FID update process, you will complete the Policy section, which provides training regarding applicable policies, regulations, and laws for promoting objectivity in research. Click here to review and follow the instructions for submitting an update to your FID form.

Note: You can update your FID form at any time, even if it is not expired.

If you are working on University research, but you are not a University affiliated faculty, student, or staff, you will need to comply with the instructions outlined for Non-University Researchers at the Investigators and Collaborators. How you comply will depend on your involvement in the research project and agency.