Financial Conflict of Interest Policies

Simmons University Policies Regarding Investigator Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosure for Sponsored Projects

In accordance with Federal regulations, Simmons University has a responsibility to manage, reduce, or eliminate any actual or potential conflicts of interest that may be presented by a financial interest of an investigator. Specifically, Federal regulations require institutions to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that investigators disclose any significant financial interest that the institution reasonably determines could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct or reporting of institutional research funded.

Simmons University policy requires that investigators disclose any significant financial interest that may present an actual or potential conflict of interest in relationship to

Simmons University's Investigator Significant Financial Disclosure policy, reporting, and training for PHS* proposals and funded projects.:

  1. The Simmons University policy on financial conflicts of interest and required education related to Public Health Service (PHS) funding (Policy);
  2. Financial Interests Report form (Form1); and
  3. Detailed Report of Financial Interests form (Form2).
  4. CITI Program — Conflicts of Interest Web based Training: Researchers will have to register with CITI Program and sign in to complete the modules and take the quiz at the end of each session. Please see CITI Registration Instructions below.

CITI Registration Instructions

New users should click on the link below to register with the CITI system. Please affiliate yourself with Simmons.

The link to access the CITI training if you have already registered and thus have a user name and password follows

You must select the Conflicts of Interest learner group to begin the training.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Simmons University's Investigator Significant Financial Disclosure policy and reporting for NSF projects consists of three parts:

Please complete the appropriate disclosure form and return it to Jon Kimball, Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs, Office of Sponsored Programs, Room E-206, MCB, in a sealed envelope marked "confidential," prior to proposal submission. If you have any questions, please call Jon Kimball (ex. 2411).

NOTE: This form must be completed and returned to the Office of Sponsored Programs (E-206, MCB) before the proposal can be submitted.