PHS Required Financial Conflicts of Interest Training

Who is required to take the FCOI training?

PHS/NIH Investigators are required to complete this training for compliance with PHS regulations. However, any University at Albany personnel who wishes to complete this training module may do so.

How do I complete the FCOI training?

The University at Albany offers an on-line FCOI training program through the CITI Program. Please follow the instructions below. Contact the Office for Pre-Award and Compliance Services, or 518-437-3850, if you require assistance.

Go to the CITI website at:

  • If you have never logged into CITI previously, follow the registration instructions. PLEASE NOTE: When choosing an institution to affiliate with, Choose, “SUNY - University at Albany” --Do not choose Albany State University. When you are asked to Select Curriculum, scroll down to: Question 4- Would you like to take the Conflict of Interest mini-course?Choose “Yes”, and continue to the learner modules.
  • If you have already previously registered for other CITI training (e.g., human subjects/IRB training, etc.), after you log in, under your “SUNY – University at Albany” course(s), choose the link to “Add a course or update your learner groups”, scroll down to: “Question 4 Would you like to take the Conflict of Interest mini-course?Choose “Yes”, and continue. The modules will be added to your learner modules.

How long will it take to complete the training?

The training modules should take 15-20 minutes to complete.

Is a refresher (re-certification) required?

Yes. The CITI course completion certificate is valid for four years. Once completed, training is required once every four years thereafter, and immediately under designated circumstances.

How to I provide proof of my disclosure(s) when applying for PHS sponsored research?

At the time of application for PHS Funds, Investigator must upload PDF copy(ies) of CITI FCOI training completion report(s) into Coeus as “Institutional Attachments.”