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Conflict of Interest

COI Disclosure

Federal regulations require a Conflict of Interest Disclosure (COI) Form to be completed and submitted on an annual basis and must be updated during the year if a potential COI occurs or changes. All COI disclosures must be submitted electronically through Qualtrics.  Hard copies of COI disclosures will not be accepted.

  • Any University employee serving as the principal investigator or co-investigator, or any other person at DU who is responsible for a portion of the design and conduct of instructional, research, service activities, or any other sponsored activity funded or proposed for funding by an external sponsor, agency or organization.
  • Investigators must also include others (internal or external to DU) who are independently responsible for research design, conduct, or reporting (i.e. individual(s) who have the authority to make independent decisions about the direction of the research and the subsequent conclusions about the results and/or likely to be authors on manuscripts or to present research findings).
  • Personnel listed on the DU Sponsored Program's PRA form must fulfill the research-related COI training and disclosure requirements.

Any Significant Financial Interests (SFI), which means an external financial interest consisting of one or more of the following interests of an Investigator (and those of the Investigator's spouse and dependent children) related to one's DU institutional responsibilities, when combined for the 12 months preceding the disclosure date, from a single entity:

Timing Disclosure Timeframe
Initial disclosure All investigators must submit an initial COI disclosure through the Qualtrics system prior to engaging in research sponsored by entities subject to DU's COI requirements.
Within 30 days of a new SFI Investigators must update their disclosure within 30 days of acquiring a new significant financial interest (SFI) meeting disclosure requirements
Annually Investigators must update their disclosure at least annually, even if acknowledging no change