Financial Conflicts of Interest
University policy requires investigators who are seeking or have received funding from U.S. Public Health Service entities or the National Science Foundation to disclose certain financial conflicts of interest (FCOI). These policies are detailed in the Faculty Staff Handbook sections 5600 and 5650.
This decision tree will help you understand how these policies apply to your project. All investigators to whom the policies apply must submit a disclosure form regardless of whether they have anything to report.
Disclosures are reported through VERAS. Detailed guides for using the portal and preparing disclosure forms are found under Disclosure Instructions.
For questions related to FCOI, call 208-885-6162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Completion of a Significant Financial Interest (SFI) Disclosure form by all known investigators (defined to mean anyone involved in the design, conduct and analysis of PHS-funded research, including primary investigators, Co-PIs, academic professional research staff, postdoctoral research associates, and graduate or undergraduate research assistants) prior to proposal submission.
- Completion of university-required training by all investigators prior to proposal submission and every four years thereafter if proposal is awarded.
- Within 30 days of any new SFIs being discovered or acquired (e.g., through purchase, marriage or inheritance) disclosing them by completing a new SFI Disclosure form.
- Annual submission of a new SFI Disclosure form for the life of any current or new PHS-funded award.
- For the primary PI on a PHS-funded project, identifying to the Office of Sponsored Programs all persons involved in the research who meet the definition of investigator and ensuring that training and disclosure forms are completed prior to the investigator beginning work on the project.