As part of its commitment to promoting objectivity in research and in compliance with federal regulations on conflict of interest, SUNY Buffalo State requires that all current or potential PIs, co-PIs, and key personnel seeking external funding, regardless of source of funding, have an Annual Conflict of Interest (COI) Disclosure on file with the Sponsored Programs Office to ensure that the design, conduct and reporting of sponsored programs activity will not be biased by the significant financial interests or obligations of any investigator; if you are applying for Public Health Service (PHS) funding, your disclosure must be on file before your proposal can be submitted. In addition, if your interests change during the year or you receive an award, you must update your certification. With the recent implementation of the SUNY RF Pre-Award and Compliance System (PACS), this information must now be submitted electronically.
SUNY RF PACS is a multi-year collaborative project to support principal investigators, students, and compliance and research administration staff. SUNY RF PACS integrates six aspects of grants management – IRB, IACUC, Conflict of Interest, Grants (proposal preparation), Agreements, and Safety – into a single system. This platform follows the research administration process from beginning to end and allows us to achieve a new level of uniformity and efficiency, while producing valuable data analytics to guide future decisions.
In order to simplify access to the Pre Award and Compliance System (PACS), it is no longer necessary to remember a different user name and password, as faculty and staff can now use their Buffalo State credentials to log in to PACS. Please note that this applies only to faculty and staff; students will still require a separate PACS login.
ALL disclosures will be required to be updated on November 1 of each year. Reminders will be e-mailed beginning in September.
Click here for detailed information about what to disclose. Before you begin, it would be helpful to gather the following:
CITI Conflict of Interest Training is required every four years. If your training is current, the information will automatically populate into the PACS SmartForm. If you have not completed Conflict of Interest Training within the past four years, you must take the CITI Program course before you can complete your Conflict of Interest Disclosure. To access this training, visit the CITI website.
Select REGISTER and enter SUNY - Buffalo State under Select Your Organization Affiliation. Check boxes and click Continue To Create Your CITI Program Username/Password. Be sure to use your Buffalo State email when registering. The successful completion of this step will bring you to the Learner’s Menu.
Will you be requesting CME / CEU credits for the course(s) you are about to complete if the cost per course (4-6 credits) is only $80.00/course? Choose No
Learners will need to select the "add a course or update my learner groups" link from the Main Menu and select the appropriate question/option in order to enroll in the course.
Question 5: Would you like to take the Conflict of Interest mini-course?
Choose one answer
The software will track your progress throughout the training.
After each module you will be prompted to take a short quiz before moving to the next module.
The software also provides a grade book which shows you which modules you have completed, the scores you received on each of the applicable quizzes, as well as the modules you have left to complete. You are provided the option to retake any quiz for which you receive a low score.
At the end of the training, a completion report will be provided to you by CITI. This report is based on the information provided by CITI administrators that document you have satisfactorily completed the required modules, as well as your verification that you have completed the required reading materials. An average of 80% or higher on the quizzes that follow each module is considered acceptable.
Should you have any questions regarding CITI training, please contact Gina Game, Research Compliance Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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