The Graduate School

Conflict of Interest

ATTENTION  : The Public Health Service (which includes AHRQ, ATSDR, CDC, FDA, HRSA, IHS, NIH, and SAMHSA) published newly revised  financial conflicts of interest regulations. BU/BMC’s Investigators’ Conflicts of Interest policies are currently under revision to match these federal regulations.

Notable changes mandated by the new regulations include:

  • Mandatory Investigator training regarding conflicts of interest in research at least every four years.
  • All potential research investigators must report financial interests that are in any way related to their institutional responsibilities (e.g., teaching, research, administrative) on an annual basis and within 30 days of acquiring a new financial interest.
  • A lower threshold  ($5,000) for financial interests that are reviewed for potential conflicts of interest.
  • Public disclosure of investigators’ financial conflict of interest information including the name of the investigator, the conflicted company, and the amount of the financial interest provided  by Valdosta State University through either a website or by written request.
  • Retrospective or backwards-looking reviews of ongoing research will be conducted when previously unreported conflicts are found or when management plans are not followed.

These changes will affect awards issued after August 24, 2012. NIH Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new regulations may be found here.

Hard copy forms may be submitted in person or by post to:

Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Administration
Valdosta State University
Psychology Building, Suite 3100
Valdosta, GA 31698