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Research Integrity & Education

Conflict of Interest

The University of Denver has an obligation to the public to conduct its activities transparently and with integrity. DU is committed to avoiding financial conflicts of interest that may compromise or appear to compromise the integrity and objectivity of research and the safety of human research subjects.

Defining Conflict of Interest

An individual conflict of interest related to research arises when financial or other personal considerations compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, an individual's professional judgment in proposing, conducting, supervising or reporting research. University researchers (faculty, staff and students) have an obligation to disclose outside activities when they maintain an interest (equity interest, management role or consulting income in excess of $5,000 per year) in a sponsor, or in an outside entity whose product (drug, device, equipment, supplies, etc.) is under study, regardless of the sponsor.

who must complete an FCOI Disclosure?

Researchers who are proposing or have received federal funding support (e.g., NIH, NSF) must make an annual disclosure of all financial interests related to their institutional responsibilities to DU, regardless of whether any of these interests give rise to a conflict of interest related to their research. The annual disclosure must be completed before a proposal is submitted, and any identified conflicts must be managed before an account can be established.
The FCOI disclosure must be submitted if a DU investigator:

  • Receives a federally-funded research award (e.g., NIH, NSF);
  • Is awarded a sub-contractor is a sub-grantee and the prime award is federally-funded
  • Has a change that occurs during the year that potentially affects an investigator's FCOI associated with any research project;
  • Becomes involved in a research project that may involve a potential FCOI; regardless of funding source

To access the FCOI Disclosure, click here.

Required conflict of interest Training

In addition to submitting an annual disclosure form, all DU investigators who are federally-funded must complete COI training within four years prior to commencing or engaging in any federally-funded research activity and must renew their training at least every four years. When funding is awarded, the PI must complete the Conflict of Interest curriculum through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. For more information on the online CITI training, please click here.

questions about research fcoi

If you are uncertain about whether or not something qualifies as a financial conflict of interest, contact for more information. This applies to any member of the research team, their close family members, close friends, or business associates. If you have a conflict of interest you are required to report it.