Due to recent scrutiny from the federal government related to research security and integrity compliance, conflict of interest will likely experience significant changes in the near future. Please check here for the list of updates and new information.
August 31, 2023
New Conflict of Interest Policy for Recipients of NASA Financial Assistance Awards
NASA issued its new conflict of interest disclosure policy for grant and cooperative agreements, which largely mirrors the NSF COI policy. The COI Team is currently working on updating procedures, forms, etc. Implementation is required by December 1, 2023.
Department of Energy conflict of interest website revisions
In anticipation of the June 18, 2022 implementation of the Interim Department of Energy Conflict of Interest policy, the conflict of interest and undue foreign influence webpages are being updated.
April 1, 2022
Revised IRB COI Policy
- Researchers no longer need to disclose with every IRB renewal instead researchers are required to disclose when they acquire or discover a new disclosable financial interests that relates to their active IRB protocol(s).
- New definition: New disclosable financial interest- A newly discovered or acquired and not previously reviewed by the Conflict of Interest Oversight Committee disclosable financial interest related to an active IRB protocol. This also includes acquiring or discovering a new type of disclosable financial interest (income, equity, management position, or intellectual property rights) in an entity that was previously disclosed and approved for the related IRB protocol. For example, a Researcher receiving equity interests in a company after having previously disclosed receiving income from that company is considered a new disclosable financial interest that needs to be reviewed if it relates to an active IRB protocol.
- Instructs federal agencies to standardize disclosure requirements including disclosures of potential conflicts of interest within the next 120 days. This is a change since many federal agencies do not have COI policies.
December 20, 2021
Department of Energy issued a Financial Assistance Letter describing their Interim Conflict of Interest Policy Requirements for Financial Assistance.
The Conflict of Interest team is working with Electronic Research Administration, Sponsored Projects Administration, and Industry Sponsored Research as well as the Office of the President to update the policy, training, and procedures. The COI team will provide updates and outreach to the campus. The estimated implementation is June 2022.