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Conflict of Interest in Research

The Conflict of Interest policies of the University serve as a guide to faculty and other employees with principal responsibility for research projects conducted at San Diego State University. The policies also establish procedures for compliance with State and Federal requirements for review and oversight of research.

The Conflict of Interest Committee evaluates research when an investigator discloses a significant financial interest that may influence his/her institutional responsibilities or the conduct of the research activity. The Committee determines what, if any, conditions or restrictions should be imposed on the investigator or research protocol in order to manage, reduce or eliminate such conflicts of interest.

PHS FUNDED RESEARCH
New federal regulations regarding financial conflicts of interest have just been issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, and govern research funded by the Public Health Service (PHS). These changes will have an impact on both PIs and the institution, and the Division of Research Affairs, the SDSU Conflict of Interest Committee, faculty, and the Foundation have worked together to revise SDSU's conflict of interest policy for PHS funded research, and to revise the financial interests disclosure form. Our new policy and those forms follow

SDSU's Conflict of Interest Policy for PHS funded research

PHS PI disclosure form
PHS other personnel disclosure form

Research Investigator Financial Interest ADDENDUM (PHS)

sra addendum travel form

Just a quick reminder that if you are receiving or have applied to receive PHS (NIH) funds, you still need to register for an upcoming Conflict of Interest training. This is a new training that is being required by PHS. Please remember that if you do not complete the training by December 15, 2012, PHS may delay the release of funding on your grant. If you do not have any active PHS agency grants/projects but have a proposal pending, you are welcome to attend one of the training so that there will be no delay in the event that the proposal is funded.

NSF FUNDED RESEARCH
NSF has not revised their conflict of interest guidelines though we have made a few changes to the SDSU policy governing NSF research. The policy and disclosure forms follow

SDSU's Conflict of Interest Policy for NSF funded research

NSF PI disclosure form
NSF other personnel disclosure form

Research Investigator Financial Interest ADDENDUM (NSF)




NON-EXEMPT PRIVATE SPONSORS

Statement of Economic Interest for Principal Investigators [700U] (Non exempt private sponsors)




For more information about the revised PHS regulations visit this site:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi/

NIH has developed a web-based tutorial which addresses the main requirements of the 2011 revised regulation, Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought at Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 50, Subpart F for grants and cooperative agreements (commonly known together with the revised regulation for contracts, as the Financial Conflict of Interest [FCOI] regulations). The tutorial highlights the key Federal requirements for which the Investigator (through the Institution's implementation of the regulation), the Institution, and NIH, are accountable under the FCOI regulation.


NIH also offers a table summarizing the significant changes between the prior 1995 regulation and the new 2011 regulation.


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