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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Conflicts of Interest - Training

Research Compliance - Conflicts of Interest:

Individuals involved in sponsored research related activities will be required to complete DMC's Research Compliance - Conflicts of Interest (COI) course.

The course is designed to provide researchers, support staff and administrative personnel with knowledge about ethical issues and legal requirements with regard to conflicts of interest and research misconduct.

Training will be required under the following circumstances:

  • Upon hire;
  • Prior to engaging in research related activities;
  • Routinely every four (4) years;
  • When DMC's COI policy or procedures are revised in a manner that affects all Investigators;
  • If DMC determines that an Investigator is not in compliance with the COI Policy or a particular management plan.

Who must complete Conflicts of Interest:

All funded and unfunded Investigators involved in research related activities must complete this course.   Click here for Instructions.


Investigator:  The project director, Principal Investigator, co-Principal Investigator, personnel who are considered to be essential to work performance or any other person, regardless of title or position, who is responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research. The PI is responsible for identifying all Investigators involved in their research activities. If the role of an individual is unclear and that individual is listed as an Investigator, compliance with all training and filing requirements will be expected.

Note - Transient staff and trainees, such as medical students, residents and fellows, who may recruit patients and/or collect and handle data under supervision, but are not key to the design, conduct or reporting of research are not considered Investigators for purposes of COI. In addition, staff or trainees who merely implement a protocol developed by an Investigator or enter data into an electronic data capturing system are also not considered Investigators for purposes of COI.



Any individual required to complete Conflicts of Interest Training must also complete and submit a Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Form.

Click here for Research Compliance Training

NOTE - A USER ID IS REQUIRED TO LOG INTO THE RESEARCH COMPLIANCE TRAINING COURSE.  TO OBTAIN YOUR USER ID - PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE & AUDIT SERVICES AT (718) 270- 4033