Disclosure of Significant Financial Interest Form Guidance

Investigator means any individual, regardless of title or position, who is responsible for the design, conduct, performance or reporting of a Sponsored Project. 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.

Significant financial interest means a Financial Interest consisting of one or more of the following interests of the Investigator and those of the Investigator’s Immediate Family that reasonably appears to be related to the Investigator’s University Responsibilities:

  1. With regard to any publicly traded entity, any Remuneration received from such entity in the twelve (12) months preceding the disclosure and the value of any Equity Interest in such entity as of the date of disclosure that, when aggregated, exceeds $5,000;
  2. With regard to any non-publicly traded entity:
    1. any Remuneration received from such entity in the twelve (12) months preceding the disclosure that, when aggregated, exceeds $5,000, or
    2. any Equity Interest regardless of value;
  3. intellectual property rights (e.g., patents, copyrights), where income related to such rights and interests has been received;
  4. reimbursed or sponsored travel, excluding travel that is reimbursed or sponsored by a federal, state, or local government agency, an institution of higher education, an academic teaching hospital, a medical center, or a research institute that is affiliated with a institution of higher education.

Significant Financial Interest does not include the following types of Financial Interests: (1) salary, royalties, or other Remuneration paid by the University to the Investigator if the Investigator is currently employed or otherwise appointed by the University, including intellectual property rights assigned to the Georgia State University Research Foundation and agreements to share in royalties related to such rights; (2) income from investment vehicles, such as mutual funds and retirement accounts, as long as the Investigator does not directly control the investment decisions made in these vehicles; (3) income from seminars, lectures, or teaching engagements sponsored by a federal, state, or local government agency, or an institution of higher education, an academic teaching hospital, a medical center, or a research institute that is affiliated with an institution of higher education; or (4) income from service on advisory committees or review panels for a federal, state, or local government agency, or an institution of higher education, an academic teaching hospital, a medical center, or a research institute that is affiliated with an institution of higher education.

Equity interest means any stock, stock option, or other ownership interest, as determined through reference to public prices or other reasonable measures of fair market value.

Financial interest means anything of monetary value, whether or not the value is readily ascertainable.

Immediate family means an Investigator’s spouse and dependents.

Remuneration means any payment for services including, but not limited to, salary, consulting fees, honoraria, and paid authorship.

University responsibilities means an Investigator’s professional responsibilities on behalf of the University including, but not limited to, activities such as research, research consultation, teaching, professional practice, institutional committee memberships, and service on panels.