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Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)

What is a Financial Conflict of Interest?

Financial conflicts of interest in research may occur when outside significant financial interests (SFI) compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, the professional judgment of an investigator when designing, conducting, or reporting research.

UConn’s Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) in Research policy provides guidelines to promote objectivity in research while establishing standards to ensure that the design, conduct, and reporting of research funded by extramural sponsors will not be biased by any conflicting financial interest of an Investigator.

How has the policy changed?

UConn’s revised FCOI policy was effective on August 24, 2012 and corresponds with the 2011 Public Health Service revised financial conflict of interest (FCOI) regulations (42 CFR 50). These regulations apply to any institution receiving funds from a PHS entity.

What are my responsibilities?

All UConn Investigators:

  • All faculty, and other investigators, that conduct sponsored research are required under federal regulations, and UConn policy, to disclose certain financial information.  All Significant Financial Interest (SFI) disclosures must now be submitted electronically within the InfoEd External Interests module (https://www.infoed.uconn.edu). For step-by-step instructions on how to submit an electronic disclosure, see the InfoEd FCOI how to documents.
  • Disclosures must be filed:
    • Once every 12 months;
    • Within 30 days of acquiring a new financial interest; or
    • Within 30 days of any reimbursed or sponsored travel
  • Electronic submittal of an SFI disclosure also satisfies the training requirement as required under federal regulations and UConn policy.
  • Understand UConn’s policy on financial conflicts of interest and know the definition of SFI and how it applies to them.

Who is an investigator?

Per the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) definition, an “investigator” is the principal investigator (PI) and any other person (regardless of title or position) identified by the PI as someone responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research or educational activities. This may include faculty and research staff (research associates and assistants, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, visiting scientists engaged in research conducted at the University) as well as consultants.