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Conflict of Interest Training and Information


The Office of Sponsored Projects is responsible for ensuring that the CSUSM Corporation adheres to sponsor and institutional policies and regulations regarding Conflict of Interest (COI) and Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) in connection with grants and contracts. A project's source of funding will determine which conflict of interest requirements (disclosures and training) apply to a particular grant or contract.

 In accordance with state and federal conflict of interest (COI) regulations, CSUSM Corporation instituted a COI policy to manage, reduce, or eliminate any actual or potential conflicts of interest involving activities conducted under the authority of CSUSM or its auxiliary organizations. This policy requires investigators supported by external funds to disclose significant financial interests that may constitute conflicts of interest.

Further Information and Resources

Policy and Procedure



Training for NIH

Training for senior personnel is available through CITI. The PHS Conflict of Interest course can be accessed on our Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) site:

  1. Link: 
  2. Click Register under Create an Account
  3. Create a profile with California State University, San Marcos
  4. Under Add a course, Proceed to Question 1, Select COI in Question 8.

Training for Non-Governmantal Sponsors (those completing a 700-U)

Training is provided by Skillsoft/SumTotal.  CSUSM Principal Investigators need to be added to the module for COI.