Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Training

Anybody who is interested in learning more about Conflict of Interest (COI) and applicable regulations and policies is encouraged to take Brown’s online FCOI training. FCOI training is mandatory for anyone who is an Investigator on an award funded by the Public Health Service (PHS), or any foundation that follows the PHS FCOI regulations.

  • Investigators must complete FCOI training prior to engaging in new or continuing awards funded by PHS and foundations that follow the PHS FCOI regulations.

  • Investigators have to be re-trained every four years and whenever there is a change to the institution's COI policy that affects the Investigators' obligations.  The institution must also re-train any investigator who has been found to not be in compliance with the regulations and/or Brown's COI policy.

  • Investigators who have taken the FCOI training through Brown’s Traincaster system will receive automatic notifications and reminders when they are due for re-training.

Where can I take the FCOI training?

Brown’s on-line FCOI training module is available through Traincaster. The online module takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and includes a quiz.  If you have a Brown username and password, click here to log into the Traincaster system.  If you do not have a Brown username and password, click here to log into the Traincaster system. The FCOI training module should be assigned to you. If you do not have a Traincaster account, or if you cannot find the FCOI training module, please contact the COI team.  

I took the required FCOI training less than four years ago at another institution. Do I still need to complete Brown’s FCOI training?

Yes.  FCOI training completed at another institution cannot be used as a substitute for Brown’s training. The PHS FCOI regulations, which mandate FCOI training for Investigators, require that institutions train their Investigators not only on the PHS FCOI regulations, but also on institutional policies and procedures. Since institutional policies and procedures vary, training must be taken “locally” at your current institution.

Brown offers an abridged version for certain Non-Brown Investigators, following Brown's COI policy, whom have taken the required FCOI training at their primary employer.  Please contact the COI team for more information.