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Training Required for Faculty submitting Public Health Service Proposals
By Amy Baugh

If your future (and current, for that matter) research plans include proposals to Public Health Service (PHS) awarding components for research funds, you need to complete a required training course NOW and new PHS-specific financial disclosures soon after Aug. 24, 2012.

PHS, which includes National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other research award components, has made major changes in disclosure requirements for all investigators and personnel involved in PHS-funded research projects. PHS now requires that all investigators and other personnel complete training before submitting new proposals or starting any new awards, including noncompetitive renewal awards.

“Investigator” means the project director or principal investigator and any other person, regardless of title or position, who is responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research funded by the PHS or proposed for such funding, which may include, for example, collaborators or consultants.

A new Texas Tech Operating Policy (OP) that addresses PHS-specific disclosure requirements will be released Aug. 23. Faculty or other personnel who plan to apply for PHS funded research must complete the required training as soon as possible and disclosure information will need to be completed and submitted shortly after the disclosure forms are available.

Two training options, either of which can be completed in less than 30 minutes, are available:

CITI training (preferred) -- All three parts of the training module must be completed. (Note: The online disclosure process mentioned in the training has been submitted to the Faculty Senate for approval, and if approved, will be posted Aug. 23 with the updated OP; hard copy disclosure forms will continue to be available.)
    Current Users
  • Login to CITI
  • Click “Add a course or update your learner groups for Texas Tech University"
  • On the next screen select “Yes” to Question 2 – Would you like to take the Conflict of Interest mini-course?
  • On the next screen click the appropriate action under “My Courses” to begin the course.
    New Users
  • Click “Register Here”
  • Complete the steps to register
  • On the next screen select “Yes” to Question 2 – Would you like to take the Conflict of Interest mini-course?
  • On the next screen click the appropriate action under “My Courses” to begin the course.
NIH Tutorial - Upon completion, please print the certificate and forward a copy to me via e-mail at amy.baugh@ttu.edu (print screen and paste into e-mail or attached Word document, or scan and e-mail) or by campus mail to the OVPR, attention Amy, MS 1075. Please keep a copy of the certificate for your records as well.

Additional PHS-specific disclosure instructions will be announced after Aug. 24. Faculty or other personnel who are now or who may become involved in a PHS-funded project need to complete the training requirement as soon as possible. Using the PHS-specific disclosure documents will satisfy Texas Tech investigator disclosure requirements.

Information about the PHS requirements, including FAQs, a PowerPoint presentation, the CFR in the Federal Register, and much more may be found here: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi/

Please contact me at (806) 742-3905 or amy.baugh@ttu.edu if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Your feedback is always welcome.

Amy Baugh is the administrator for financial disclosure in the Office of the Vice President for Research.