New requirements for disclosure of investigator financial interests and for management and reporting of resulting financial conflicts of interest associated with research projects funded by NIH and other Public Health Service (PHS) agencies become effective on August 24, 2012.
Most of the new requirements will impact investigators when they submit new proposals to NIH and other PHS agencies. However, investigators on existing projects funded by PHS agencies must complete a brief online tutorial related to financial conflicts of interest on or before August 24th. UW-Parkside recently purchased a subscription to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide this service.
"Investigators" are all individuals regardless of title who are responsible for proposing, conducting, and/or reporting research.
PHS Investigators can access the NIH online tutorial at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi/tutorial2011/fcoi.htm.
Upon completion of the tutorial, each Investigator will generate a Certificate of Completion. Please send a copy of this Certificate to email@example.com. Investigators who have not completed the tutorial and sent their Certificate of Completion prior to August 24 will not be able to participate in PHS funded research until the tutorial has been completed.
The full text of the new regulation titled, "Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors," was published in the Federal Register (Vol. 76, No. 165, August 25, 2011) and is available from the NIH Conflict of Interest homepage: (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi/index.htm).
This regulation includes changes to the responsibilities of investigators, the grantee Institution (UW-Parkside), and the PHS agency (such as NIH) sponsor.
In addition to the requirement that investigators complete the tutorial related to financial conflict of interest prior to participating in PHS agency-funded research, the regulation also includes:
Effective August 25, prior to submission of a proposal, investigators must disclose Significant Financial Interests in their University Responsibilities held by themselves or their dependents. Significant Financial Interests which should be disclosed include travel reimbursed or sponsored by third parties other than institutions of higher education; federal, state, and local agencies; and academic teaching hospitals, academic medical centers, or research institutes affiliated with an institution of higher education.
Links to a summary of the requirements of the new regulation and to FAQs are also available on the NIH Conflict of Interest homepage (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi/index.htm).
UW-Parkside policy on Individual Financial Conflicts of Interest (http://www.uwp.edu/) requires that investigators participating in sponsored projects disclose any significant financial interests that may present an actual or potential conflict of interest in relationship to externally sponsored projects.
An FCOI Annual Disclosure must be submitted by:
The disclosure form is located here and must be completed by June 1 annually.