Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)

On August 25, 2011, The Department of Health and Human Services published its final rule in the Federal Register, entitled “Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors.”

The update to the existing rule (promulgated in 1995) and to the university’s policy was necessary to ensure awardee oversight and reporting transparency is in accordance with today’s increasingly complex research environment.

On August 23, 2012, The University of Texas at Austin’s revised Conflict of Interest Policy was put in effect. Investigators must ensure they are in full compliance with the university’s policy. The policy extends to all research conducted at The University of Texas, whether it is funded or unfunded; and if funded, regardless of project’s funding source.

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE 2012 POLICY

The following changes will affect OSP and OIE Processes for proposals and award actions on or after August 24, 2012:

At the time of proposal for PHS funding (direct or as pass-thru):

At the time of any award:

Compliance throughout the life of the project:

RESOURCES

UT System Policy

UT-Austin FAQs

FCOI Revised Regulations

NIH FCOI Page

NIH FAQs