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Conflict of Interest in Research: Forms and Disclosure Process

For Investigators with PHS awards or awards that must follow federal regulations, investigators must complete a disclosure of significant financial interests (SFI):

  • Proposal-Related Disclosures: Prior to submitting proposals for internal or external funding through Office of Sponsored Projects.
  • Ad Hoc Disclosures: Within 30 days of joining a research project already in progress or within 30 days of acquiring a new SFI.
  • Travel Disclosures: Within 30 days of any reimbursed or sponsored travel undertaken by the Investigator related to his or her Institutional Responsibilities.
  • Annual Disclosures:On an annual basis as part of the Noncompeting Continuation or other Process

Non-PHS funded investigators must complete a disclosure of significant financial interests (SFI):

  • Proposal-Related Disclosures: Prior to submitting proposals for internal or external funding through Office of Sponsored Projects.
  • Ad Hoc Disclosures: Within 30 days of joining a research project already in progress or within 30 days of acquiring a new SFI.

Forms

URI Disclosure of Significant Financial Interest Form (rev. 12-2015)

Disclosure Submission Resources
URI FCOI Quick Reference Guide
URI FCOI Flow Chart

If a Significant Financial Interest is Disclosed

If a financial interest is disclosed, the Conflict of Management Committee (CIMC) or a subcommittee of CIMC will determine whether a financial interest with an external entity (or travel sponsored by an external entity if travel disclosure is required) is related to a particular research project or protocol on a case-by-case basis.

If the CIMC (or subcommittee) determines that a financial interest (or travel sponsored by an external entity when travel disclosure is required) is reasonably related to an investigator’s institutional responsibilities, CIMC (or subcommittee) will determine whether the Investigator will be required to eliminate or manage the Financial Conflict of Interest, as appropriate.

A Financial Conflict of Interest may be eliminated by divestiture of Equity Interests; termination of the relationship that gives rise to the Significant Financial Interest (such as consulting); abandoning the proposal; terminating the sponsored project; and similar measures.

If the Investigator does not want to eliminate a Financial Conflict of Interest or the appearance of a Financial Conflict of Interest and CIMC determines that it can be managed, the Investigator must develop a written management plan. The Designated Official will assist the Investigator in developing the plan.  Per the Rhode Island Public/Private Partnership Act, the management plan along with the RI Disclosure Form (also known as Appendix A), must be submitted to the RI Board of Education for review. If the Financial Conflict of Interest is related to a PHS grant, the funding agency must be notified.

Procedures related to the Rhode Island Public/Private Partnership Act

 

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