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Conflict of Interest Forms for Principal Investigators
Standard Operating Procedures

Principal Investigators (PIs) submitting research proposals for funding by external agencies must file a conflict of interest form for each research project proposal submitted unless the funding agency is exempt (see below). This is required as part of the CSULB clearance process that must be completed prior to submitting the proposal to the agency. This requirement is in accordance with the Chancellor's Office consolidated Conflict of Interest policy for Principal InvestigatorsAdobe PDF Format.

Exempt Agencies

PIs requesting funding from federal, state, county, and city government are exempt from filing conflict of interest forms unless the proposal is made to the National Science Foundation (NSF) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, certain private nonprofit agencies have been determined to be exempt by the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

Federal Form

PIs applying to the NSF or NIH agencies must file the Federal Disclosure form regarding conflicts of interest available on the Office of University Research web site at the time the proposal clears. Also, in accordance with NSF and NIH guidelines, it is the responsibility of the PI to update their financial disclosure if a new reportable "Significant Financial Interest" is obtained during the term of the project.

California Form 700-U

PIs with proposals for funding from all other sources (i.e., not exempt and not NSF or NIH funded) must file the one page California form 700-UAdobe PDF Format. Because there may be significant delay between submitting a proposal and accepting an award, the CSULB Foundation may ask for an updated Form 700-U reflecting the date of funding.

California regulations require:

  1. An annual update of form 700-U
  2. California state ethics training the first year and each two years thereafter, and
  3. a final form 700-U submitted within 90-days after the project ends. The CSULB Foundation will notify PIs of these deadlines

Archival Storage for Proposal COI Forms

Original signed form 700-U and Federal Disclosure forms prepared as part of the proposal submission process will be stored in the Investigator’s file in the Office of University Research.

Archival Storage of FORM 700-U for Funded Projects

As part of the award acceptance process, an updated form 700-U will be obtained by the foundation where applicable. A copy will be maintained by the Foundation.

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