Financial Conflict of Interest Policy related to US governement-funded research at the ETH Zurich

All researchers of the ETH Zurich are asked to inform EU GrantsAccess when applying for research funding main- or subaward from the US governement, see document Checklist for Researchers @ ETH (in German).

By applying for or participating in PHS research funding, the ETH Zurich, and through the institution each Investigator involved, is subject to Public Health Services (PHS) regulation 42 CFR 50 Subpart F “Promoting objectivity in research” (official Federal Regulation, pdf file)

By applying for or participating in NSF research funding, the ETH Zurich, and through the institution each Investigator involved, is subject to the NSF Grantee Standards.

Regulations on Projects from ETH Zurich Receiving Research Funds from US Funding Agencies

In application of US Federal regulations the ETH Zurich maintains a compliant written and enforced Regulations on Projects from ETH Zurich Receiving Research Funds from US Funding Agencies.

In brief, every Investigator applying for or involved in PHS-funded research is subject to the Public Health Service’s (PHS) Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) regulation (42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F).  He/she is thereby required to disclose his/her financial interests related to the PHS-funded project as defined in the US Governement Funding Regulations of the ETH Zurich. This should be done using the PHS and other Funding Agencies disclosure form.

Every Investigator applying for or involved in NSF-funded research is subject to the NSF Grantee Standards written in the NSF Award and Administration Guide.  He/she is thereby required to disclose his/her financial interests related to the NSF-funded project as defined in the US Governement Funding Regulations of the ETH Zurich. This should be done using the NSF disclosure form.

The form should be sent by email to EU GrantsAccess, grants[at]sl.ethz.ch.

Additionally investigators in PHS-funded research are required to take a web-based NIH tutorial on financial conflict of interest prior to beginning a project:

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/coi/tutorial2011/fcoi.htm.

An electronic copy of the tutorials's certificate has to be sent to grants[at]sl.ethz.ch.

If a Financial Conflict is identified, proper measures will be taken to mitigate the conflict, as described in the US governement-funding Regulations of the ETH Zurich.

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