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The Office of Research Support (ORS) does not administer or oversee HOP policy 5-2011* or training related to the policy. ORS administers HOP policy 7-1210, “Promoting Objectivity in Research by Managing, Reducing or Eliminating Financial Conflicts of Interest” so if you conduct research and have:

  1. Not submitted a Financial Interest Disclosure (FID), you will need to complete mandatory training and file a FID. Instructions for completing these requirements are located at http://www.utexas.edu/research/rsc/coi/training.html.
  2. Previously submitted a FID, you are not required to complete additional training nor re-disclose the same information to comply with the UTS 180/HOP 5-2011 policy requirements.   However, you may have other responsibilities under that policy.

*If you have questions concerning the other policy, HOP policy 5-2011, “Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, & Outside Activities,” you should contact the Provost’s Office evpp_coi@austin.utexas.edu.

Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Submission of Financial Interest Disclosures to assure compliance with federal regulations and UT policy was begun in early August. The Objectivity in Research policy became effective on August 23, 2012 and was added to the UT Handbook of Operating Procedures.

The revised policy contains significant revisions to the previous policy and incorporates changes that meet updated federal requirements governing disclosure and reporting of Financial Conflicts of Interest. The new policy will affect all individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research.

The revised policy requires completion of Conflict of Interest training at least every four years by all individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research. A web-based training course has been implemented and training may be completed at any time.

Upon completion of Conflict of Interest training, all affected researchers will be required to complete a web-based Financial Interest Disclosure (FID) form. There is a delay of 24-48 hours from completion of the training course until the training database is updated. Currently, ORS is emailing a link to the FID form for completion and submission to all individuals who have completed the the training course. Additionally, the revised policy requires completion of the Financial Interest Disclosure form annually or within 30 days of when changes occur.

For information on the new PHS policy, see the Frequently Asked Questions at the National Institutes of Health website. Other updates and changes will be posted by the the Office of Research Support on this page or one of the pages accessed through the "Conflict of Interest" tab on the left of this page.