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Financial Conflict of Interest

Federal regulations require that all applicants for funding (grant, cooperative agreements, and contracts) from the Public Health Service (PHS/NIH) or from the National Science Foundation (NSF) have in place policies and procedures that ensure investigators disclose to a designated Institutional Official (IO) any significant financial interest (and those of his/her spouse and dependent children). It is the policy of the University of West Georgia (UWG) that all investigators applying for external funding disclose significant financial interest. It must be emphasized that it is the responsibility of the Investigator and all personnel responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research under the terms of a federal grant or contract to disclose all Significant Financial Interests (SFI). It is the responsibility of the designated institutional official to make the determination as to whether the disclosed Significant Financial Interests constitute a Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI). If a conflict of interest exists the institution is required to implement procedures to manage, reduce, or eliminate the conflict of interest prior to the institution’s expenditure of any funds under the award.


The full FCOI Policy can be downloaded here

If you have any questions, please check the FCOI Infosheet, or contact Charla Campbell at charlac@westga.edu.



Forms and CITI Training

REQUIRED for every grant submission:

1. CITI Training Module
            *Guide for new CITI registration* Guide to add FCOI training to your existing CITI menu

2. Significant Financial Interest (SFI) Form

If there is a Significan Financial Interest, the FCOI Disclosure Form must be completed and submitted for review.

For projects that will include a subrecipient, the following must be completed by the subrecipeint institution:

IMPORTANT: Please mail or email the completed forms to ORSP, care of Charla Campbell. This is applicable to all grants.

Phone: 678-839-4749
Email: charlac@westga.edu
Office Location: Mandeville Hall, 204

*Note: Adobe Reader is required to open both of these forms. The most recent version of Adobe Reader can be found here.