Conflicts of Interest in Research:
Complete a Disclosure

Completing and submitting disclosures

Anyone independently responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research or sponsored programs at the University of Rhode Island (URI)—including principal investigators, project directors, consultants, graduate students, and others—must complete an annual research-related conflict of interest (COI) disclosure form.

Your research need not be funded for you to be considered an investigator. It is up to you to determine which of your research project personnel have responsibility for designing, collecting, or reporting research and are thus required to complete an annual research-related COI disclosure form.


Research Related COI Disclosure Form


 What has to be disclosed?

Generally, interests and income that are valued at more $5,000 must be disclosed, as well as any ownership interest in privately held businesses, no matter what the value. For these purposes, you must combine your interests plus the interests of your spouse and dependent children. Certain limited exceptions apply. Please carefully review the form’s questions and instructions as well as the accompanying information about the policy included as part of the disclosure form.

For more information see: Financial Conflict of Interest Quick Reference Guide

When do disclosures have to happen?

The research-related COI disclosure must be completed annually, and within 30 days of a change in interest or when new interests occur; including reimbursed or sponsored travel. Changes to financial interest include, but are not limited to:

  • A new significant financial interest
  • Change in the type of financial interest (i.e., reduction in stock, additional compensation)
  • Elimination of financial interest

How do I submit or update a disclosure?

URI uses the InfoEd COI disclosure system. This system allows researchers to submit and update their annual research-related COI disclosure form and disclose any new financial interests. After your first submission, you will receive automated email reminders from InfoEd COI 30 days prior to your disclosure expiration date, based on your last date of approval.

Step 1: Log into InfoEd using your URI ID and password

Step 2: Click the Conflict of Interest tab on the left toolbar. Click Create/Update New Disclosure button, select Edit/Submit Disclosure and complete and submit the form.

For more detailed instructions see: Quick Reference Guide to Create and Submit an Annual Disclosure

If you do not have an URI Username, submit upload the annual disclosure as part of a grant proposal submission in InfoEd. See Non-URI COI Disclosure Form.