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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
  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.

HOP policy 5-2011 QUESTIONS? Contact the Provost’s Office or call Mike Kerker, Associate Vice Provost at (512) 471-2694.

Responsibilities of Principal Investigator

The Principal Investigator (PI) is an individual who assumes full responsibility for a research study, including but not limited to, the oversight and training of research assistants, administration of informed consent, and protecting participant confidentiality.


The Responsibilities of the PI

  • Conduct the IRB approved research protocol
  • Obtain informed Consent
  • Effectively train and mentor student researchers in the ethical conduct of human subjects research
  • Obtain approval for any changes, additions, or deletions to the study from the IRB prior to implementation
  • Retain research records for 3 years after study completion date
  • Promptly report all unanticipated problems or injury to the IRB
  • Follow all University of Texas at Austin procedures for the ethical conduct of human subjects research
  • Respond promptly to all participant concerns and questions.
  • Maintain subject confidentiality.
  • Inform subjects if risks or benefits of study change.
  • Maintain cultural sensitivity
  • Design research methodology appropriate to your desired research setting.
  • Obtain permission to use intellectual property and/or private data.
  • Different sites have different rules and expectations.  Know your site and follow appropriate guidelines.