Conflicts of Interest (COI) Training

Mandatory COI Training for PHS-funded Investigators

Per University of Hawaii APM A5.504 and AP 12.304, all Public Health Service (PHS)-funded investigators must complete the online CITI UH Conflict of Interest (COI) Training Course prior to engaging in any extramurally-funded activities or expending any extramural funds, including non-competing continuation awards. This applies to all new PHS-sponsored research projects or an investigator who is new to UH. Training must be completed at least every four years or whenever UH revises its policy(ies).

How to access the CITI Program for UH

  1. Go the CITI Program website, and log in through the UH single-sign-on dialog. If you already have a CITI account, you will be taken to your member Welcome page. If you do not already have a CITI account, continue to step 2.
  2. Scroll through the list of organizations, find and select University of Hawaii.
    • IMPORTANT: Be sure to register through the University of Hawaii affiliation to avoid registration fees.
  3. Follow the prompts to create your account.

Selecting the COI course in CITI

  1. On the My Courses tab in the Institutional Courses section, click the View Courses button next to University of Hawaii.
  2. Select the Add a Course button. Or you may also find it in the Learner Tools for University of Hawaii section.
  3. On the Select Curriculum screen, “Question 1 – Do you conduct research in any of the following settings? (This question is required. Choose all that apply.)” Check off the box for Conflict of Interest (COI) and click the Next button.
  4. A confirmation message “You are now enrolled in the course(s) you selected” will be displayed on the My Courses tab.
  5. In the Courses Ready to Begin section, you will find the newly added COI course. Click the Start Now button to begin the COI training.

The CITI COI course may take 2 or more hours to complete. CITI keeps track of your progress allowing you to complete the course over several sessions.

For questions regarding COI, email

Extramural Disclosure Training (EDT)

Starting February 2023, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) will be implementing mandatory training for University of Hawaii (UH) principal investigators, co-investigators and key personnel working on extramural projects at UH. The impetus for this training is the recent U.S. government concerns related to inappropriate foreign interference in federally funded research. The training is intended to highlight what faculty and key personnel involved in extramural projects need to know to protect UH’s research and intellectual property.

Deadline for completion – July 1, 2023

To give users time to comply with this requirement, the check for training completion will begin on July 1, 2023. ORS will verify completion of training in all proposals submitted on or after July 1 for all investigators and key personnel listed in the myGRANT proposal. For award acceptance, all investigators and key personnel listed on the award record will need to have a completion of the training.

Instructions for completing the training

The Extramural Disclosure Training (EDT) is accessed online in Laulima at the following link.

To complete the quiz, click on Tests & Quizzes and select Extramural Disclosure Training (EDT) Quiz.  Click on Continue Assessment to start the quiz.  Once done with the quiz be sure to click on the SUBMIT FOR GRADING button.  The quiz is five questions and can be passed with 1 wrong answer.

If you need access to the training site, please submit a ticket to the ORS Helpline at

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Extramural Disclosure Training must be completed every two (2) years.

You are able to stop the training presentation partway and return to it at any point.  You can also download the PowerPoint training slides and review it offline.  The completion of the 5-question quiz though must be done in one session.

In the myGRANT proposal under the Key Personnel tab, click on the subtab called Required Training. There are 3 possible completion statuses: Compliant, Non-Compliant, and Expired. All listed personnel must have a status of Compliant at the time of proposal submission and award acceptance beginning July 1, 2023.

All principal investigators, co-investigators, and key personnel listed in myGRANT proposals and associated awards must complete the required training and pass the required exam. The key personnel listed in the myGRANT proposal must match the key personnel listed in the sponsor application.


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