Conflict of Interest

The University is committed to conducting the highest quality research. This commitment requires an unwavering commitment to research objectivity. The Conflicts of Interest Committee (COI) considers financial disclosures made by investigators and key personnel who have significant financial interests related to their research and recommends to the Vice President of Research how the conflict should be managed, reduced or eliminated.

A COI investigator is any individual, regardless of title, role or position, who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research on a proposal to a relevant federal agency/under a relevant solicitation.

Financial Conflicts of Interest

If a researcher has a personal financial interest that may bias or appear to bias his research, he could have a research-related financial conflict of interest. Virginia law, federal research rules, and University policy define and regulate these conflicts.

  • The Financial COI form must be filled out every 12 months, and updated within thirty days of discovering or acquiring a new Significant Financial Interest.
  • If you are new to using our disclosure system we need to add you to the database: please email your UVA ID and your department organization code to Rob Merhige

CITI Training Program

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is dedicated to promoting the public’s trust in the research enterprise by providing high quality, peer-reviewed, web-based educational courses in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, responsible conduct of research, research administration, and other topics pertinent to the interests of member organizations and individual learners.

  • Please read the instructions and complete the online Conflict of Interest training course.
  • This training needs to be completed every 4 years.
  • Please use your for your contact email on your CITI account as it will help us automatically update your status.