All Texas State researchers are required to submit a disclosure of Significant Financial Interests (SFI) at least once annually. In order to submit a proposal, initiate a contract or open a grant account, researchers must have a current SFI Disclosure on file with the Office of Research Integrity & Compliance (ORIC).
The SFI Disclosure doesn't require the researcher to submit documentation or provide private financial data. The online form walks the researcher through a series of Yes/No questions based on definitions and thresholds outlined in the University's FCOI policy.
Key points for all faculty researchers:
- Researcher are asked to disclose all Significant Financial Interests (SFI) rather than Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) related to their current sponsor. Researchers do not need to submit additional disclosures or update their current disclosure unless their financial interests change during the year.
- A Significant Financial Interest (SFI) does not necessarily indicate the existence of a Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI).
- Annual SFI Disclosures are required from all researchers, regardless of funding source or funding status. Researchers submitting proposals to, or receiving awards from, PHS agencies will need to complete additional procedures, and should contact ORIC to ensure that the PHS compliance requirements are fulfilled on time.
- Since SFI may not relate to specific funders, researchers are encouraged to submit their SFI Disclosure at the beginning of each fall semester, rather than waiting until they submit a proposal or receive funding. However, if researchers have not yet filed an SFI Disclosure, they will be required to do so as needed before proposal submission or account set up.
- PHS-supported researchers must complete a brief FCOI training prior to account set up. Contact ORIC for more info.
The ORIC welcomes the opportunity to discuss this issue with researchers. Please contact Becky Northcut for additional information or assistance.
SFI Disclosure Form: Click here to initiate the disclosure process