Conflict of Interest Training

In 2011 the Public Health Service issued an updated Final Rule on conflict of interest.  The Final Rule requires that each investigator engaged in a Public Health Service (PHS) funded research project receive training regarding conflicts of interest prior to engaging in a PHS research grant (new and non-competing).  

The UR has updated its UR Conflict of Commitment and Interest Policy (Policy) to be compliant with the Final Rule. Before expending funds on PHS project(s), each investigator is required to complete an on-line Blackboard training course to be acquainted with the updated Policy.  For medical school faculty, the course qualifies for Continuing Medical Education credit.  The faculty member must complete the course evaluation and answer “Yes” to the final evaluation question in order to obtain the credit. **

Each faculty member listed as an investigator on at least one PHS funded project with a pending renewal date and/or an initial start date of August 24 should have received an email this week with this information and self-enrollment instructions to the Blackboard course.  The course can be completed in one hour.  It contains three segments, a ten question quiz and a course evaluation.  These must be completed sequentially.  Instructions regarding how to navigate to each segment are provided in the course content.  Please note the importance of clicking the “Mark Reviewed” buttons.

ORPA will maintain a database of the names of faculty members who have successfully completed the required training.  Sub-ledger 5 accounts will not be issued for new projects until all investigators associated with the project have completed the training.

Prospectively, faculty members who have not completed the training will be given course enrollment instructions if a PHS award is received, and their name was indicated as an investigator in the respective project’s proposal.

If you have questions regarding this training, please contact Gunta Liders ( or Michael Ritz (


NIH Funding Acknowledgement ** Important ** All publications resulting from the utilization of CTSI resources are required to credit the CTSI grant by including the NIH FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.