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Financial Conflict of Interest Committee

The purpose of the FCOI committee is to assist with the implementation of the university's Financial Conflicts of Interest on Federal Grants policy. Members of the committee meet on second Thursday of the month. Committee members represent a wide range of disciplines and schools across campus and have significant demonstrated experience with grants.

Financial Conflict of Interest Policy

The FCOI policy was established to promote objectivity in research by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of research funded by federal grants or cooperative agreements will be free from bias resulting from investigator financial conflicts of interest. 

FCOI Disclosure Statement

The FCOI disclosure statement must be completed by all investigators, including the principal investigator, co-investigators, and any other staff member who is responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of project activities. The form must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration with the grant application prior to submission for external research support.

FCOI Training

Investigators on projects funded with federal dollars are required to complete financial conflict of interest training prior to the release of grant funds. In the case of current federally funded projects, training must completed or updated prior to the release of any additional funds. The training is provided through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and is valid for four years.  

To access the training module, please refer to CITI Training Instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to the most commonly asked FCOI questions. For additional information, please contact the Office of Research Compliance at or 618-453-4530.