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Revised PHS Regulations Effective 8-24-12

Federal regulations, state laws and University policies recognize that researchers may have financial interests in research sponsors and/or in entities with business interests closely related to their research. The term “conflict of interest in research” refers to situations in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising a researcher's professional judgment in conducting or reporting research.

Researchers must submit financial disclosure forms at the time of proposal submission for research funding, when research gift funding is received, and when an application for protocol is submitted for a project involving human subjects.  In those situations where a financial interest and possible conflict of interest are disclosed, each situation is reviewed by an independent substantive review committee.  At the University of Memphis, that committee is established through Legal Counsel.  This website contains information regarding the Committee process, including the regulations, laws, policies, and guidelines that govern disclosures and conflict of interest.

PHS-Funded Researchers must complete Conflict of Interest Training every four years.  The University of Memphis has elected to use the new COI course of the CITI program.  The Education Requirements page will provide instructions to log into the system.

If you submit a new PHS grant or receive/renew a new PHS award after August 24, 2012, you will be contacted to complete your disclosures prior to submission.


Research Policies and Procedures

Research Forms

US Department of Health & Human Services: Financial Conflict of Interest

Announcement of Revised PHS Regulations Effective 8-24-12 (memo dated 9-27-10)

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