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For PHS/NIH research personnel,  completion of the required educational training and DEPA reporting are both required in order to meet federal requirements.

As of August 24, 2012, academic institutions are required to implement changes in some of the regulations governing Conflict of Interest reporting. These changes affect research personnel who receive funding from/are supported by Public Health Service (PHS) agencies, including, but not limited to, the National Institute of Health (NIH). An expanded list of agencies can be found at the following website:

In general, here is how the new changes affect the reporting process:

  1. Disclosure: All faculty, and any other employee or student with responsibility for the design, conduct or reporting of research are considered critical to the research process and must disclose any significant financial interest and external professional activity that could compromise university decision making or duties. See the list of personnel categories that must disclose from the Conflicts of Interest and Commitment page or the Disclosure Form (DEPA) page.
  2. New questions in paperwork required by the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) during proposal submission
  3. Educational Training must occur for all PHS/NIH disclosers
    • Prior to engaging in any grant or contract funded by the Public Health Service (including NIH)
    • At least every four years after initial training
    • When warranted by other circumstances, such as noncompliance

    The mandatory educational training module is available through Skillport via the following link: Log in to MyCUInfo at

    (Alternatively, anyone attending the following University of Colorado Boulder COIC lectures would not need to take the SKillSoft module:

      • Responsible Conduct for Researchers refresher class of 1/16/13
      • Responsible Conduct for Researchers class of 9/27/12
      • Responsible Conduct for Researchers class of 10/14/13

                                  *** To Access the SkillSoft Training Site:***

    You must have either an Employee ID number (EIN) or a Person of Interest ID number (POI)in order to access this site. The POI Code Type should be either: External Trainee or Security Access,  as other POI codes will not  provide access. For assistance with these types of IDs please contact the Personnel Payroll Liaison (PPL) for the department with which you are affiliated. UPDATE FOR FALL 2014: STUDENTS who are not currently University employees (ie do not have an active EIN number) should WAIT until OCT 1, 2014 to submit a DEPA or take SkillSoft COI training. A new process will be in place to allow students to access the DEPA, and training for those refquired to take it, using a student id number. Additional details will be provided once this mechanism is finalized.

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            1) Click on top tab: CU Resources. 
            2) Click on the Training tab on the left side of screen. 
            3) Click on Start SkillSoft. Be patient; loading may be slow.
            4) Access the Catalog on the left side of screen. 
            5) Open University of Colorado-Courses. 
            6) Open CU Boulder folder.
            7) Open the COI folder, and select CU:Conflict of Interest for NIH. 
            8) Start the module by clicking the blue triangle

           4.  Threshold Changes: Income or equity is now reportable if it meets or exceeds:

    • $5,000, alone, in income/payments for service
    • $5,000 for the AGGREGATED SUM of income and equity interest/ ownership received from a publicly traded company
    • ANY equity interest received/ownership of a non-publicly traded company

           5.   Travel Reporting Requirements- see tab


    Example of how NIH training appears during DEPA review:

    DEPA Review for: Ima.Resperson

    Home Department: Coop Inst Res/Envrm Sci - Dir

    Email:  Ima.Resperson@Colorado.EDU

    Conflict of Interest NIH-WEB MAR 12, 2013

    NIH training is required every 4 years.

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