Office of Research Integrity and Outreach

Financial Conflicts of Interest

The following detail the content and implementation of the Policy on Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Objectivity in Research at the University of Southern Maine (USM); “establishing standards to ensure there is no reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, or reporting of research funded under Public Health Service (PHS) grants, cooperative agreements or contracts will be biased by any conflicting financial interest of an Investigator.”

The University of Southern Maine has enrolled in the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) Clearinghouse as a Public Health Service FCOI Compliant Institution.

FCOI Training

Financial Conflict of Interest training is available online through Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

  1. If this is your first CITI training course, you will need to register
  2. Please select the University of Maine System as the Participating Institution
  3. Question 5: Would you like to take the Conflict of Interest mini-course?  “Yes”
  4. The Conflicts of Interest Institution - Specific Policies optional module is required for all USM personnel.

FCOI Resources