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Guidance to Investigators to Disclose All Financial Interests

Posted Nov 20, 2018

In recent months, NIH has issued communications to the research community at large and to its grantee institutions to convey NIH’s concerns about the integrity of the biomedical research it funds and the risk that foreign influence poses to that integrity. Specifically, NIH is troubled by:

  1. Diversion of intellectual property (IP) in grant applications or produced by NIH supported biomedical research to other entities, including other countries;
  2. Sharing of confidential information on grant applications by NIH peer reviewers with others, including foreign entities, or otherwise attempting to influence funding decisions; and
  3. Failure by some researchers working at NIH-funded institutions in the U.S. to disclose substantial resources from other organizations, including foreign governments, which threatens to distort decisions about the appropriate use of NIH funds.

As a result, NIH is working with various government agencies and universities to better define the problem(s) and identify steps that can be taken to mitigate any risk. In the interim, NIH is reminding researchers that all forms of support, financial interests, and relevant affiliations must be fully disclosed; NIH’s reporting mechanisms include the proposal process, a response to a Just-In-Time request, annual progress reports, and through the disclosure of a significant financial interest (conflict of interest).

While NSF has not yet issued its own guidance on foreign influence or a reminder to report all forms of support, researchers should remember that the “Current and Pending Support” section of a NSF grant proposal requires that all “projects or activities requiring a portion of time of the PI and other senior personnel” must be disclosed. NSF proposals also require that researchers disclose all of their organizational affiliations for the previous 12 months and all co-authors/collaborators and their affiliations for the previous 48 months.

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