New conflict of interest requirements for all investigators on NIH grants

July 23, 2012

New requirements for disclosure of investigator financial interests and management of resulting conflicts of interest for grants funded by NIH and other Public Health Service (PHS) agencies become effective on Aug. 24.

Although most of the new requirements will impact investigators submitting new proposals to NIH and other PHS agencies, investigators on existing projects funded by PHS agencies must complete a brief online tutorial related to financial conflicts of interest on or before Aug. 24.

"Investigators" are all individuals regardless of title who are responsible for proposing, conducting, and/or reporting research. 

PHS investigators can access the online tutorial at Upon completion of the tutorial, each investigator should generate a Certificate of Completion and send a copy of that certificate to

 Investigators who have not completed this brief online tutorial and sent their Certificate of Completion prior to the above date will not be able to participate in PHS-funded research until the tutorial has been completed.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will contact by email each principal investigator and co-principal investigator on existing projects funded by the PHS and inform them of this responsibility to complete the online tutorial.

Additional information about the new regulation titled "Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors" is available on the OVPR website at

Questions about the new regulation or the requirement to complete the online tutorial should be directed to Peter E. Dunn, associate vice president for research, at