NSF Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)

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 or affect the research or educational activities funded or proposed for funding by NSF; and
  2. in entities whose financial interests would reasonably appear to affected by or affect such activities.

All financial disclosures must be on file at the time a proposal is submitted to NSF. They also must be updated during the term of the award on an annual basis or as new reportable Significant Financial Interests are obtained.

NSF Guidelines
          NSF Grant Policy Manual (GPM) - Chapter V
          Grantee Standards: 510 - Conflict of Interest Policies

AU NSF Procedures & Process
          AU NSF FCOI Procedure

          AU NSF Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form

Auburn University encourages all Investigators to complete COI training. However, mandatory training is currently dependent upon sponsor requirements. NSF does not require Investigators to complete COI training. PHS-funded Investigators must complete COI training.

COI training is provided by CITI, a web-based training program with content developed by a national consortium. CITI can be accessed at the following link: www.citiprogram.org

To access CITI, trainees must:

1.    Register for an individual account. (Registration Instructions)
2.    Affiliate with Auburn University.
3.    Enroll in the CITI COI Training. (Enrollment Instructions)

Last Updated: 1/13/2014