Guidelines for PHS and NSF Conflict of Interest Policies


On July 11, 1995. both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Public Health Service (PHS) issued final policies that deal with conflicts of interest. The NSF policy is titled "Investigator Financial Disclosure Policy" and the PHS policy is titled "Objectivity in Research." Both were published in the Federal Register. The substance of both policies is similar.


In accordance with the NSF and PHS policies, institutions must maintain an appropriate written and enforced policy on conflict of interest that includes:

RF Policy

The Research Foundation Board of Directors approved the Foundation's "Conflict of Interest Policy" in Resolution 95-5. The Foundation's policy substantially complies with the NSF and PHS policies.

Additional Procedures

There are several key areas where operating locations need to implement additional procedures for proposals and projects NSF and PHS.


National Science Foundation's "Investigator Financial Disclosure Policy" was published in the Federal Register as a Notice of Changes on June 28, 1994 (59 FR 33308). A Notice of Technical Changes was published on July 11, 1995 (60 FR 35820).

Public Health Service's "Objectivity in Research" policy was published in the Federal Register as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on June 28, 1994 (59 FR 33242). The Final Rule was published on July 11, 1995 (60 FR 35809). A Correction was issued on July 31, 1995 (60 FR 39076).

NSF & PHS FAQ issued in 1996: a document that responds to frequently asked questions regarding the NSF and PHS issued rules on investigator conflicts of interest (61 FR 34839, July 3, 1966).



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