National Science Foundation (NSF) FCOI Requirements

In order for investigators at Auburn University to ensure that no unresolved conflict exists between their outside financial interests and their commitment to their research or educational activities funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and/or their proposed protocol for the use of human subjects in research, each "Investigator" must disclose their Significant Financial Interests and those of their immediate family:

  1. that would reasonably appear to be affected by the research or educational activities funded or proposed for funding by NSF; or
  2. in entities whose financial interests would reasonably appear to affected by such activities
  • Identifying "Investigators."  "The term 'Investigator' means the principal investigator, co-principal investigators/co-project directors, and any other person at the organization who is responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research or educational activities funded or proposed for funding by NSF."  (NSF Award and Administration Guide, IV.A.)

►Requirements. NSF Award and Administration Guide, Chapter IV(A) - Grantee Standards, Conflict of Interest Policies (NSF 16-1, January 25, 2016)


►Auburn University NSF FCOI Procedures. AU has adopted and maintains NSF FCOI Procedures.  


►Submitting Disclosure Forms. 

  • AU has a NSF Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form for NSF "Investigators" to complete on an annual basis.
  • Each "Investigator" is required to update their Disclosure Form at certain points during the reporting year:
    • Before the processing of a new proposaland
    • Within thirty (30) days of discovering or acquiring a new Significant Financial Interest for themselves or their Immediate Family.

► Completing FCOI Training.