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Learn more about the reporting of financial conflicts of interest related to a grant from the US Public Health Service (PHS).


Regulation governing financial conflicts of interest associated with grants from the U.S. Public Health Service (ref.: Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI), 42 C.F.R. Part 50, Subpart F). 

The regulation seeks to prevent bias in research project design, conduct, and reporting due to a financial conflict of interest.

Persons affected

Any researcher, applicant, or co-applicant, regardless of their home institution in the United States or Canada, as well as all persons responsible for the research project at any level (design, conduct, or reporting), including subcontractors, who are involved in an application for funding or a grant currently awarded by a U.S. Public Health Service agency, including the NIH.


Before submitting a grant application

  • All persons concerned are required to complete the Disclosure of Significant Financial Interest Form, or IFS, when seeking faculty approval to submit a grant application (see the Significant Financial Interest criteria: 42 CFR 50.603 or take the tutorial).
  • All persons are also required to take the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) online training session, available as a 45-minute tutorial.
  • After the tutorial, generate the certificate and send it to the VRRCI at It will be kept on file at the VRRCI and upon request, sent to the PHS granting agency or the institution receiving the funds. 

Once confirmation of grant funding has been received and for the duration of the grant

  • All persons concerned are required to produce an annual disclosure of significant financial interests
  • All persons are required to produce a disclosure of significant financial interest within 30 days of each change in grant funding that could introduce a significant financial interest (SFI), such as an additional researcher or partner, etc.
  • All persons are required to retake the DHHS online training (tutorial) every 4 years and send their certificate to the VRRCI, at

Person responsible for enforcing the regulation and receiving disclosures: Vice Rector of Research and Innovation, at

Policy on Conflicts of Interests in Research, Creation and Innovation (PDF)

Organizations subject to the Regulation Regarding Financial Conflicts of Interest Related to U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Grants

Public Health Service (PHS) agencies

  • Office of Global Affairs (OG) 
  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) 
  • Office of the Assitant Secretery for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) 
  • Agency for Health Care Research & Quality (AHRQ) 
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) 
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 
  • Indian Health Service (IHS) 
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 

Other organizations

  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF) 
  • Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) 
  • American Cancer Society (ACS) 
  • American Heart Association (AHA) 
  • American Lung Associatin (ALA) 
  • Arthritis Foundation (AF) 
  • California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) 
  • California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) 
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) [formerly HCFA] 
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 
  • Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) 
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure