Financial Conflict of Interest

The Office of Research Compliance and Ethics is responsible for overseeing conflict of interests in research. The research compliance committees and other departmental representatives apply standards for assessing and monitoring investigator’s conflict of interest to protect research subjects, the public welfare, and the University’s best interests.

Federal requirements

The Public Health Service (PHS) has financial conflict of interest (FCOI) reporting requirements for applicants and awardees for proposals and SBIR/STTR Phase II cooperative agreements. They affect all faculty and non-faculty EPA employees funded by the National Institutes of Health and all other PHS agencies.

All PHS funded investigators, key personnel, and other covered employees, including post-docs and students, are required to disclose significant financial interests (SFI) of $5,000 or more, including SFIs for immediate family members. Once an application for PHS funding is submitted, the University’s PHS/FCOI policy supersedes the general A&T conflict of interest policy for all employees involved.

The regulation requires training before expenditure of funds, management plans for identified COIs related to the research, notices of intent for external activities for pay, and reporting of sponsored travel valued at any amount.  PHS agencies include:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and 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)

For more information, contact Donna Eaton, Director of Research Compliance and Ethics, 336 285-3183 or via email.

N.C. A&T policy

N.C. A&T has adopted a financial conflict of interest policy in response to the PHS changes.

NIH summary of policy

This page on the National Institutes of Health website has further information on the PHS policy.

Additional resources