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Financial Conflict of Interest Policy

In accordance with federal regulations, the college has a responsibility to manage conflicts of interest that arise in the course of projects funded by the U.S. government. The objective of the Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) policy and the federal regulations on which it is based is to promote "objectivity in research by establishing standards to ensure there is no reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, or reporting of research funded under [federal grants] will be biased by any conflicting financial interest of an Investigator." Further, the policy protects the credibility and integrity of the college's faculty and staff so that public trust and confidence in the college's sponsored activities is ensured.

Disclosure of Financial Interests

To comply with federal law and federal regulations, Investigators must complete and submit the college's Investigator Disclosure of Financial Interests in Research (PDF) to the Office of Grants and Contracts:

  • Prior to submission of projects funded or proposed to Public Health Service (PHS) affiliated agencies;
  • Within 30 days of discovering or acquiring (e.g., through purchase, marriage, or inheritance) a new Significant Financial Interest (SFI); and 
  • At least annually during the period of award.

See Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) (PDF) policy for full definitions and procedures.