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 In response to a bill passed by Congress in 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services revised Public Health Service (PHS) regulations regarding the management of Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) that went into effect on August 24, 2012. These revisions, which all institutions receiving PHS funding must adhere to, are more stringent than in past years.

The guiding principle behind this revision is intended to promote objectivity in research by defining a set of standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct and reporting of research will be free from bias resulting from investigator (any individual responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research) financial conflicts of interest.

The revised rule affects all PHS entities, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its funding agencies such as, but not limited to the CDC, HRSA, and FDA.

Belmont University is committed to research integrity. This means that in its performance of research the University is committed to ethical conduct, upholding the principles of transparency and accountability, free and unbiased inquiry, the transfer of ideas and technologies for the benefit of the public, sound stewardship of the resources entrusted to it, and compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and terms of relevant contracts and grants.

To uphold this commitment, and in response to the revised PHS rule, Belmont University has revised its FCOI policy to reflect the new PHS regulations. This policy, which went into effect July 12, 2013, also contains FCOI requirements for NSF awards. The Proposal Routing Form has also been revised to reflect the new policy.

Required Investigator Actions: Any Belmont University community member who intends to apply for PHS/NIH or NSF research funding must read, understand and adhere to the new policy and reporting requirements:

Belmont University FCOI Policy

Belmont University SFI-FCOI Form

Belmont University Proposal Routing Form


Belmont community members are eligible to apply for federal funding to support programs and research related to their work and University’s mission. Grants for research and creative activities, regardless of sponsorship, contribute to the enlivening of classroom instruction and opportunities for student research and training.

Today’s funding environment demands current information, Web-based tools, and effective collaborations. The Office of Grants and Scholarship is committed to providing up-to-date funding opportunities, proposal development assistance and grant management expertise to help faculty and staff submit proposals and responsibly manage awards.

We also provide administrative support for research compliance activity such as human subject protection by acting as the gateway to Belmont’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).