Conflicts of Interest

PHS Conflicts of Interest

Conducting research with the highest scientific and ethical standards is critical in maintaining the public’s trust in the scientific process. Federal regulations require that all investigators funded by, or proposing to be funded by, Public Health Service (PHS) agencies must disclose and manage any reportable interests.

Additionally, GW policy establishes boundaries within which conflicts of interest are tolerable and beyond which they are intolerable; processes for review of actual and apparent conflicts of interest; and appropriate mechanisms for management of tolerable conflicts of interest.

PHS Conflict of Interest regulations and training requirements apply to PHS research proposals, awards and contracts. Detailed requirements are covered in Appendix C of GW’s policy (PDF).


“The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is committed to preserving the public’s trust that the research they support is conducted without bias and with the highest scientific and ethical standards. The regulation on promoting objectivity in research establishes the standards to provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of NIH research will be free from bias resulting from investigators’ financial conflicts of interest.

“A financial conflict of interest exists when the recipient's designated official(s) reasonably determines that an investigator's significant financial interest could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of the PHS-funded research.” 


National Institutes of Health: Grants and Funding

Regulations, Policy and Resources



The Office of the Vice President (OVPR) encourages all investigators with active PHS-funded awards to proactively participate in training classes through the CITI online training program and RCR Training.