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Financial Conflict of Interest Policies

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

In accordance with Federal regulations, Simmons College 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 College's policy requires that investigators disclose any significant financial interest that may present an actual or potential conflict of interest in relationship to proposed or funded Public Health Service (PHS)* and National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored projects.

* The Public Health Service (PHS) has many components and is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. See PHS policy for a more detailed description.

Public Health Service (HHS/PHS)

The Public Health Service (PHS) has implemented new regulations governing the disclosure and administration of financial conflicts of interest related to PHS-funded research. This policy describes the Simmons College implementation of the new regulatory requirement, and its program for training investigators, reviewing disclosures, and carrying out any necessary enforcement and reporting actions. The PHS policy may be found at

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

  1. The Simmons College 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 College'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.


Main College Building
Room E-206
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115


Jon Kimball
Phone: 617-521-2411

Valerie Beaudrault
Grant & Contract Administrator & Human Protections Administrator
Phone: 617-521-2415


Monday -Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm