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Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI)

Externally sponsored research and educational activities are a vital part of the Keene State College (KSC) mission. As these activities grow in sophistication and complexity they may intersect increasingly with industrial explorations and entrepreneurial ventures, creating for Investigators the potential for conflicting interests.

A financial conflict of interest (FCOI) exists when it can be reasonably determined that an Investigator’s personal financial concerns could directly and significantly influence the design, conduct, or reporting of sponsored research or educational activities.

The purpose of the Keene State College FCOI  policy is to promote objectivity in research and educational activities by establishing standards and processes that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of externally sponsored research and educational activities will be free from bias resulting from Investigator financial conflicts of interest.

Keene State College is compelled by both its mission and federal regulations to uphold these standards.

In brief, individuals responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of any externally sponsored research or educational activity (or those seeking funding for such) must:

  • Disclose significant financial interests (including those of your spouse/domestic partner, and dependent children) related to your institutional responsibilities by completing a Financial Conflict of Interest Screening and Disclosure form prior to submission of any grant application. Verification of disclosure will become part of the proposal routing/approval process utilized by OSPR.
  • In the event of an award, update this disclosure at key points throughout the life of the award.
  • Abide by the management plan instituted by the FCOI Review Officer in instances where a financial conflict of interest exists and must be managed throughout the life of an award.
  • Complete training with regard to financial conflicts of interest prior to expenditure of funds and at least once every four years (in the event of an award). Training will be online through CITI, our provider for other sponsored projects and research-related training.
Full FCOI Policy

Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Screening/Disclosure Form

Keene State College FCOI Public Accessibility

I still have questions. Whom can I contact?

Manager, Financial Research Administration & Compliance
Audrey Arsenault
Office of Sponsored Projects and Research

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January 17, 2019 –

Revised Keene State College Policy  : Institutional Review Board (IRB) on the Protection of Human Subjects in Research Policy & Procedural Manual

Guidance from the Office of Human Research Protections  : Revised Common Rule |

Guidance from CITI  : Final Rule Resources – CITI Program

March 21, 2018 –

Thinking about applying for a Fulbright? The KSC Office of Sponsored Projects & Research is hosting a Fulbright Roundtable on Monday, May 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Huntress 12. Dr. Shirley McLoughlin, who has reviewed many Fulbright applications in the past years, as well as several other…

September 26, 2017 –

We are pleased to make you aware of the following grant-writing workshops available to our faculty. OSPR workshops for faculty are listed on the Faculty Staff Training Website and you may register there unless otherwise indicated.

Faculty Workshop: Write Winning NIH Grant Proposals ; Date: Friday, December 15, 2017; Time…

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