Financial Conflict of Interest and the Promotion of Objectivity in Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has revised (effective 8/1/12) the policy on Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) to specifically address federal mandates.  This policy establishes procedures to identify and  manage potential financial conflicts of interest that can arise when an ETSU employee's external relationships and commercial activities result in significant financial interests that may affect the way he/she conducts an ETSU sponsored project or program.



 Documented completion of FCOI training is required by federal regulations prior to an "Investigator" engaging in federally sponsored research and at least every four years thereafter for as long as he/she is engaged in federally sponsored research.  In this context, an "Investigator" is defined as the project director or principal investigator and any other person, regardless of title or position, who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of sponsored research. In addition, ETSU requires completion of FCOI training by an Investigator prior to the submission of his/her first SFI Disclosure Form.  This training requirement may be met by providing evidence of your completion of the CITI online course linked below (please send your certificate to Mary James, Box 70565 or ).

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