Most of the changes that make the process more secure, centralized, and convenient are "under the hood," but there are two major differences you'll encounter:
You submit information about the Financial Entities related to your Significant Financial Interests during your initial SFI Disclosure. For example, if you answer "Yes" to Question 4, indicating that you (and/or a family member) have an ownership interest in a private company, you'll need to add a Financial Entity (your company) to the disclosure before you can submit it.
In the past, when a) you submitted your disclosure, b) your proposals were routed, and c) you received an award, you were asked to certify that your existing SFI Disclosure was still current and you had no financial interests related to your research. But now, in Kuali, you are required to modify your existing SFI Disclosure with a Project Declaration each time you are involved with a new project, as a PI, coPI, or key personnel.
No. Just as in the past, the only people (other than you) with access to the answers you provide on the questionnaire, financial entity information, or any other documentation submitted as part of your disclosure are Compliance Office personnel.
The only SFI-related information that anyone else can access is whether or not you've submitted a disclosure — this is part of your Kuali profile and is visible to individuals building the proposal in the system.
We definitely encourage you to have a current SFI disclosure on file prior to proposal submission and you will receive notifications from the system requesting that you do so but there are no automatic holds on your proposal built into Kuali.
On the other hand, however, once your proposal is awarded, a missing or non-current SFI disclosure will prevent your grant account from being set up.