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Each Investigator must disclose to his or her Head of Department any Significant Financial Interests (and those of his/her spouse and dependent children) that reasonably appear to be related to the Investigator's Institutional Responsibilities. Disclosures must be made using the disclosure form prior to applying for PHS-funded research, within 30 days of discovering or acquiring (e.g. through purchase, marriage, or inheritance) a new Significant Financial Interest, and at least annually during the period of the award.


The disclosure form

The disclosure form will seek information that may need to be made publicly accessible on request, and therefore includes:

  • Investigator's name

  • Investigator's title and role with respect to the research project

  • Name of the entity in which the SFI is held

  • Nature of the SFI

  • Approximate dollar value of the SFI (ranges are permissible: $0-$4,999; $5,000-$9,999; $10,000-$19,999; amounts between $20,000-$100,000 by increments of $20,000; amounts above $100,000 by increments of $50,000) or a statement that the interest is one whose value cannot be readily determined through reference to public prices or other reasonable measures of fair market value


Management Plan

Investigators must cooperate in a timely manner with the Head of Department and Departmental Administrator in developing a management plan for any SFI deemed to be an FCOI and complying with such plan.



  • Each Investigator, including sub-recipient Investigator(s), must complete training prior to engaging in PHS-funded research and at least every four years, and immediately under certain circumstances (see NIH Grants and Funding FAQs, Section L, 1)
  • NIH training is available through an online module -  as well as through familiarisation with the information provided on the ROO web pages