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Policies and Procedures

The Policies and Procedures Manual has been prepared by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) to assist members of the faculty and staff at Texas Christian University who are seeking or administering extramural project support. Revisions will be made as policies and procedures change.

OSP staff, located in Sadler Hall, Room 1015, can assist in proposal development and identification of possible funding sources. Annual registers of grant support, newsletters, funding sources and alert systems, agency directories, contracts and grants policy manuals, as well as an online sponsor search service are available for use by faculty and staff.

Policy and Procedure Manual (currently under revision)

Use of Consultants

Travel Regulations for Grants and Contracts

Uniform Guidance

Research Integrity Policy

Research Integrity Procedures

Financial Conflict of Interest

The Associate Provost for Research and the Office of Sponsored Programs is committed to overseeing the conduct of research in a manner that ensures the integrity of the research process and maintains the public trust and that of sponsors in the integrity and credibility of its faculty, its staff, and its research programs. This commitment requires the university to ensure that research results are not biased by any external commitments and financial interests of persons who are responsible for the design, conduct, reporting, or direct administration of university research.

Federal regulations in this compliance area have been receiving increased scrutiny over the past several years based on some high profile cases in medicine and biomedical research. In these cases, the Institutions’ capability to have awareness of and effectively manage the outside relationships and activities of their faculty were found to be questionable.

On August 25, 2011 The Department of Health and Human Services posted at 42 CFR Part 50 the final rule pertaining to Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and the Responsible Protective Contractors. These regulations are the result of years of debate and two years of federal rule making process. The final rules are less prescriptive than anticipated, but are, nonetheless, significant. A key aspect of compliance with the new regulations is the evaluation of how Institutions consider the roles of those involved in research and the degree of independence with which those individuals work1.

This policy applies to all persons, including TCU employees, TCU undergraduates, graduates or post-doctoral students, subrecipient personnel, collaborators and consultants, who are involved with externally sponsored programs at TCU.

Federal Register/ Vol. 76, No. 165/ Thursday, August 25, 2011/ Rules and Regulations: pp. 53258

The new regulations require us to update our policy.  Please review the links below:

OSP-FCOI-Policy-1

Managing Plan Requirements Matrix

Financial Conflict Management Plan Level 1

Financial Conflict Management Plan Level 2

Financial Conflict Management Plan Level 3

FCOI Financial Interests Report Form

NIH Training Financial Conflict Of Interest – FCOI

NIH FCOI Summary of Major Changes