Tag Archives: Conflict of Interest

Spotlight on Policy – Conflicts of Interest

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak What is a Conflict of Interest (COI)? A COI exists when individual interests outside of their position might influence official responsibilities.  A bias may exist that harms the University when Universities have an obligation to protect the reputation of their school and to not weaken public trust. Examples of COI: Financial – […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Outside Professional Activities

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Outside Professional Activity (OPA): “Any service rendered by a faculty member to persons or organizations external to the university, without university sponsorship, for the purpose of advancing, applying, or transferring knowledge in a field of endeavor related to the faculty member’s employment at the university.” While the dissemination of research findings is […]

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Audit Curious?

In the category of Interesting Things I Stumbled Across Online, today’s post concerns audit findings and investigations related to federal programs. The 146-page report by Charlene Blevens (Palm Beach State College) has been out there for a while, but it’s truly fascinating.  The summary lists audits, settlements, and investigations going all the way back to […]

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Have You Participated in the Open Dialogue?

The government has opened a National Dialogue and Pilot to Reduce Reporting Compliance Costs for Federal Contractors and Grantees. The purpose of this dialogue is to reduce the costs associated with managing federal dollars (grants, contracts, and associated subawards). You can submit your own ideas, or comment and vote on ideas submitted by others. If you […]

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Don’t Forget Your Financial Interest Reporting!

Back in May, we posted about the deadline for annual FIR reporting in the AIRS system.  This is just a friendly reminder that OSP will not submit new proposals or process incoming awards unless the FIR has been updated since May 10, 2015. “Effective July 1, 2015, the acceptable date range for the Financial Interest Report (FIR) […]

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News Roundup: Peer Review Integrity, Entrepreneurship, Happiness, and Co-Authoring

Today’s News Roundup: What do you do if you run into one of your NIH peer reviewers at a conference? Dr. Nakamura (Director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review) explains it all. Entrepreneurship: One scientist lost a $3M deal on Shark Tank, but his research (and his startup!) lives on. Read about it here. The […]

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It’s Time to Update Your Annual Financial Interest Report!

You will be receiving an email from Dr. Frank Macrina’s office very soon reminding you of the annual requirement to file your Financial Interest Report in the AIRS system.  All faculty submitting grant proposals are required to update their FIR annually by July 1. This year, the deadline for the annual FIR requirement coincides with […]

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It’s Time for NCURA Region III’s Annual Spring Meeting

I will be away from the office Friday and all next week for the annual NCURA Region III Spring Meeting in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. While there, I’ll be networking with my colleagues at other universities, meeting representatives from sponsoring agencies, teaching a full day workshop on proposal reviews, and learning about new regulations […]

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Thursday Top Ten: Ten Things CHS-OSP Does to Your Proposal During Processing!

This weeks’ Thursday Top Ten is all about CHS-OSP and what we do to your proposal while it’s in our clutches!  This is a recurring question for us.  Unfortunately, few understand exactly how many factors are at work in our office, and instead view our review as a “rubber stamp” or another roadblock to overcome […]

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Thursday Top Ten: Internal Audit at VCU

This week’s Thursday Top Ten deals with Internal Audit. Oftentimes, the very mention of audit makes our blood pressure spike, even if we are meticulously compliant with all policies, rules, and regulations.  There’s something about being “investigated” that makes us all nervous, even when we’re sure every “I” has been dotted and every “t” crossed! […]

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