Office of Sponsored Programs
Conflict of Interest
Rowan University recognizes and has addressed the need to establish safeguards to prevent employees, collaborators, subcontractors, subrecipients, and visiting scientists from using their positions for purposes that are, or give the appearance of being motivated by a desire for financial gain form themselves or others. Significant financial and personal interest is not limited to salaries and payments. It can also include any interest held by the investigator and his/her immediate family in a business entity (company, corporation, or other enterprise) whose financial interest might reasonably appear to be affected by such activities.
Rowan University's Conflict of Interest policy addresses the general conflict of interest and the 2011 Revised PHS Financial Conflict of Interest.
Conflict of Interest Policy - Please note, policy is currently being updated to reflect the use of the Significant Financial Interest Disclosure form, Investigator Financial & Other Personal Interests Disclosure Form in place of general disclosure form or PHS SFI disclosure form that is referenced in the policy.
PHS/PHS Operational Agency Financial Conflict of Interest
Public Health Services revised the existing Financial Conflict of Interest Regulation, Promoting Objectivity in Research, which took effect on August 24, 2012. Any institution receiving Public Health Service (PHS) funds from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other PHS operational agencies must be able to demonstrate greater transparency and accountability regarding financial conflict of interest management and reporting. The revised regulations focus solely on PHS and PHS Operational Agencies, and when the purpose of the funding is research.
The revised regulations require that all investigators submitting proposals to PHS and its operational agencies receive training in Financial Conflicts of Interest, which will be administered using the CITI website training program, and submit Significant Financial Interests to the Office of Sponsored Programs prior to spending any amount of awarded funds. Rowan University, through its Disclosure Review Committee, must review all Significant Financial Interests submitted by investigators to determine whether a Financial Conflict of Interest exists prior to expenditure of awarded funds. If a Financial Conflict of Interest does exist, a Management Plan may be put into place, and the conflict is subject to be made available to the public upon request.
Examples of Public Health Services Operating Agencies:
Please complete the form above titled Significant Financial Interest Disclosure Form to report and submit an SFI associated with your research.
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