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Financial Conflict of Interest in Sponsored Research Training for Subrecipients

Subrecipient Tutorial - Page 3 of 26

Federal Regulations

Recognizing the potential problems these relationships might engender, many federal agencies, beginning in 1995, developed regulations to promote objectivity in research by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of research performed under their grants will be free from bias resulting from investigator financial conflicts of interest.

In the years that followed, University, government and industry interactions grew in complexity, the pressure for Universities to translate research outcomes into practice increased, and the public heightened its scrutiny of potential conflicts of interest.  These developments led the PHS to update its regulations in 2011.

The revised regulations expand the amount of information that must be disclosed by investigators, and lower the threshold of what must be disclosed; they broaden the scope of disclosure to include interests related to all an investigator’s responsibilities on behalf of the institution. The regulations also shift the responsibility for determining the relationship between a significant financial interest and research from the investigator to the institution. By expanding and adding transparency, the regulations are intended to promote objectivity in research.

The University’s policy, Financial Conflict of Interest in Sponsored Research, and the accompanying processes were developed for compliance with these and other federal regulations.

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