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Administrative Review

Clearances to be Obtained before OSP Review

Prior to the submission of any proposals and certain correspondence related to projects, investigators must notify those offices which may be affected by the project and the offices responsible for administration of sponsored programs. Clearance procedures required are described in this manual.

Conflict of Interest and Financial Interest Disclosure Policy

The federal government has promulgated regulations establishing standards and procedures to be followed by institutions that apply for research funding to ensure that the design, conduct, or reporting of research funded under grants, cooperative agreements or contracts will not be biased by any conflicting financial interest of those investigators responsible for the research. Under the rules, investigators are required to disclose all Significant Financial Interests that may present actual or potential conflicts of interest in relationship to externally sponsored projects. Such disclosures must be made prior to the submission of proposals for funding and institutions must develop specific mechanisms by which conflicts of interest will be satisfactorily managed, reduced, or eliminated prior to the expenditure of funds on any award. If a new reportable Significant Financial Interest develops at any time following the submission of a proposal but prior to the end of the project period of any subsequent award, the filing of a new disclosure is also required.