Financial Conflict of Interest

Federal regulations require the university to implement a conflict of interest review procedure with the goal of promoting objectivity in funded research. The Conflict of Interest Review Committee, composed of five faculty members, determines whether a researcher's Significant Financial Interest could affect the design, conduct, or reporting of the research activities funded or proposed for such funding, and determines what conditions or restrictions, if any, should be imposed to manage such interests. The Committee will take such actions as are necessary to ensure that reported Significant Financial Interests are managed, reduced, or eliminated in accordance with federal regulations. Any conditions or restrictions to resolve or manage conflicts of interest must be implemented before the expenditure of any funds awarded under a grant or contract. Examples of conditions or restrictions that may be imposed by the Committee to manage actual or potential conflicts of interest include:

  1. public disclosure of Significant Financial Interests;
  2. monitoring of the research by independent reviewers; 
  3. modification of the research plan; and 
  4. disqualification from participation in all or a portion of the research project in question.

Active researchers with external funding or researchers applying for external funding are required to submit Significant Financial Interest disclosures forms, whether or not there are any Significant Financial Interests to disclose. Please see the links below for instructions on completing the disclosure form and to access the form for the current academic year.

Conflict of Interest Review Committee

  • Victor Prybutok, Ph.D., Regents Professor, Decision Sciences, and Associate Dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, Chair
  • Barrett Bryant, Ph.D.,Professor and Chair, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Kent Chapman, Ph.D., Regents Professor, Biochemistry
  • Kris Chesky, Ph.D., Professor, Music and Director of the Texas Center of Music & Medicine
  • Kimi King, Ph.D., J.D., Professor, Political Science

Significant Financial Interest Disclosure Process

  • Click Here to Complete the Online Disclosure Process
  • If you prefer to fill out a paper version of the online disclosure, please email Jamie Peno.
  • Procedures for PHS Disclosure
  • Procedures for Non-PHS Disclosure
  • Click Here to Update Your Disclosure of Sponsored and/or Reimbursed Travel (NOTE: This is required only for researchers with current or pending funding from Public Health Service Agencies such as NIH)

 U.S. Public Health Service Proposals and Awards

National Science Foundation

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