COI Disclosure Requirements

The Federal and State governments and the University of California require financial disclosures from researchers for certain types of projects (see Forms & Policies).  Principal Investigators on sponsored research agreements and Lead Researchers on IRB protocols have additional disclosure responsibilities, including ensuring that their research personnel comply with the conflict of interest policies.

All Researchers

KR COI Annual Disclosure (PHS/NSF compliant)

Who: Researchers on Public Health Service and National Science Foundation compliant proposals and awards (see Forms & Policies for list of compliant organizations)

What: Create and maintain an updated KR COI Annual Disclosure (two yes/no questions). 

For researchers with significant financial interests, additional disclosure forms may be required. The COI Team will notify the researcher directly for the additional forms.

How: KR COI Annual Disclosure

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Human Subjects Research (IRB Protocol)

Who: Researchers engaged in human subjects research

What: Need to notify the Lead Researcher if you have a disclosable financial interest related to the IRB protocol prior to the submission of the new and continuing IRB applications.  Also need to notify the Lead Researcher and the IRB if you have a new disclosable financial interest related to an ongoing IRB protocol (amendment).  This will initiate the COIOC review process and the COI Team will contact you directly for the disclosure form.

How: Lead Researcher or administrative contact will check "yes" to the conflict of interest question in the KR Protocol application for the appropriate researchers

Definitions: 

  • Disclosable financial interest: The researcher (or researcher’s spouse/registered domestic partner or dependent children) have:
    • Outside income equal to or exceeding $10,000 over the preceding 12 months or anticipated during the forthcoming 12 months (includes salary, consultant payments, honoraria, royalty payments, dividends, loan or any other payments or consideration with value, including payments made the University Health Sciences Compensation Plan);
    • Equity (including stock, stock options, real estate, or any other investment or ownership interest) in a publicly held company equal to or exceeding $10,000 (current market value) or a 5% or greater ownership interest;
    • Any equity (including stock, stock options, or any other investment or ownership interest) in a privately held company, regardless of value;
    • Any management position, such as Board of Directors, director, officer, partner, or trustee; and/or
    • Intellectual property interest, e.g., a patent (actual, planned, or applied for) or a copyright for software assigned or to be assigned to a party other than the UC Regents.
  • Related financial interests:  Related financial interests occur when the researcher, their spouse/registered domestic partner or dependent children have a disclosable financial interest that would reasonably appear to be affected by the research or when the entity in which the financial interests are held would reasonably appear to be affected by the research. To assist in the disclosure process, the following examples are provided:
    • The project results could be relevant to the development, manufacturing, or improvement of products or services of the entity in which the researcher has a financial interest.
    • The researcher has a financial interest in an entity that might manufacture, commercialize or license a drug, device, procedure or any other product used in the project or that will predictably result from the project;
    • The researcher received compensation from activities in his/her professional field during the prior twelve months, where the financial interest of the entity or the investigator would reasonably appear to be affected by the project;
    • The researcher has a financial interest in an entity and the project proposes to subcontract a portion of the work, or lease property, or make referral of participants to, or make purchases from the entity; or
    • The researcher has a financial interest in an entity that is part of a consortium or that will otherwise participate in the project

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New or changed significant financial interest disclosure

Who: Investigator on a PHS or NSF compliant study or research personnel on an IRB protocol

What: The above listed individuals are required to report acquiring or discovering a new significant financial interest (PHS/NSF) or disclosable financial interest (IRB)

How: The Disclosing Individual will email coioc@research.uci.edu to notify the COI Team of the new significant/disclosable financial interest for instructions

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Related Publications, Presentations, and IRB Consents

Who: Disclosing Individual (researcher reviewed by the Conflict of Interest Oversight Committee)

What: The Disclosing Individual is required to disclose their related financial interests in presentations, publications, and if applicable, informed consent for human subjects research.  This has long been a standard COI Best Practices Requirement for all disclosures reviewed by the COIOC.

How: The Disclosing Individual include disclosures in presentations, publications, and if applicable, informed consent for human subjects research

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Study/Lab Team Disclosure (COI Point Person)

Who: Disclosing Individual (researcher reviewed by the Conflict of Interest Oversight Committee) on new projects awarded on or after June 1, 2021

What: The Disclosing Individual is required to disclose their financial interests to the study team working on a project related to their financial interests and identify a non-conflicted, non-junior person to contact if they have any COI questions or concerns ("COI Point Person").  No action required by the non-conflicted study team members other than raising COI concerns and questions to the COI Point Person.  

On June 1, 2021, this practice became a standard COI Best Practices Requirement for all new studies to promote transparency.

How: The Disclosing Individual will email the study team members, the COI Point Person, and coioc@research.uci.edu a description of the financial interest and the identity of the COI Point Person

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Other Relevant Policies

Principal Investigators/Lead Researchers

Form 700U (non-governmentally sponsor)

Who: Principal Investigators and Co-Principal Investigators on non-governmental funded research grants, contracts, gifts, and some incoming material transfer agreements (see list of exemptions below)

What: Disclose financial interests in the non-governmental sponsor/donor

How: Submit a completed electronic copy of the Form 700U and forward the original, wet-ink signed copy to COI Team, Zot Code: 7600, 160 Aldrich Hall, Irvine, CA 92697

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KR Protocols Applications

Who: Lead Researchers

What: Ensure all research personnel engaged in human subjects research understand the IRB COI disclosure requirements, have disclosed any related financial interests in the IRB applications (new and renewal), and notify the COI Team when they have acquired or discovered a new related disclosable financial interest

How: Indicate in the KR Protocols application which research personnel members have a disclosable financial interest related to the study. 

For newly acquired disclosable financial interests, Disclosing Individual should notify the COI Team at coioc@research.uci.edu to initiate the COI review process.

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KR Proposal Development (PHS/NSF funded)

Who: Principal Investigators on PHS and NSF compliant proposals and awards

What: Principal Investigators must list all individuals involved in the project who meet the definition of an "Investigator", a person responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of the project, in KR Proposal Development as Key Personnel.  Ensure the Investigators understand their disclosure requirements including the requirement to update their disclosure if they have a new significant financial interests

Notify Sponsored Projects Officer if the list of Investigators needs to be updated during the period of the award.  

How:

  • New Proposal: KR Proposal Development
  • Ongoing Award: Notify the C&G Officer if someone needs to be added or removed from the list of Investigators
  • New Significant Financial Interest: Notify the COI Team, coioc@research.uci.edu

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Different levels of financial interests

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