Quick Summary of Investigator Responsibilities

1. Why is Georgia State University implementing a revised policy on financial disclosures in sponsored projects?

In August 2011, the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Public Health Service (PHS) issued revised regulations on the “Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought.” These regulations establish new standards that must be followed by all institutions, including Georgia State, that apply for or receive research support from PHS agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The revised regulations are intended to increase accountability, add transparency to disclosure of significant financial interests, enhance regulatory compliance and management of financial conflicts of interest, and strengthen governmental compliance oversight. Georgia State implemented its revised policy on Aug. 24, 2012 to be in full compliance with all of the regulatory requirements.

2. Who is considered an “Investigator”?

An Investigator is any individual, regardless of title or position, who is responsible for the design, conduct, performance or reporting of a Sponsored Project at Georgia State. An Investigator may include full-time and part-time faculty, staff, students, consultants, collaborators and evaluators. For clarification, “responsible for” means that the individual is capable of influencing the outcome or results of the sponsored project.

3. What must an investigator do to comply with the Georgia State policy?

All investigators must complete training on financial conflicts of interest in research via the CITI module. The training is required by the Georgia State Policy prior to expenditure of any research and must be repeated at least every four years.

To access the training, all Investigators should go to CITI and log in or, if a new CITI user, follow the “Register Here” link. Click “Add a course or update your learner groups.” Answer, “Yes” to the question: “Would you like to take the Conflict of Interest course?” Click “Continue” then “Conflict of Interest” will appear under “My Courses.” Be sure to complete all four modules.

At the time of training, and thereafter annually, all Investigators must complete a Georgia State Financial Disclosure Form. Investigators must submit the Disclosure Forms to sfidisclosure@gsu.edu. For each proposal submission to the Office of Sponsored Proposals & Awards (OSPA), Investigators must complete a Financial Disclosure Form. Proposals for funding will not be submitted until all Investigators on the proposal have submitted a Financial Disclosure Form.

Georgia State Policy requires all proposals for funding be submitted to OSPA five (5) business days prior to the submission deadline. This lead time will be essential to meet the requirements of the new policy. Please plan submissions according to this deadline.

4. Who can I contact with questions?

Please contact the University Research Services Administration at 3-3500 or the Office of Legal Affairs at 3-0500.