Financial Disclosure for PHS-Funded Investigators

Financial Disclosure for Investigators

Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued regulations, 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F, on financial disclosure for Public Health Service (PHS)-funded investigators.  Additional financial disclosure and training is required for anyone involved in the design, conduct, and analysis of PHS-funded research.  This includes the Principal Investigator (PI), co-PIs, academic professional research staff, postdoctoral research associates, and graduate research assistants. If your research or employment at UIS is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Services, or the National Institute of Health (NIH) you will be required to update your Report of Non-University Activities (RNUA) and complete mandatory training. The RNUA process is designed to assist the investigator(s) to properly disclose any potential significant conflict of interest (SFI) that is related to the investigator, the investigators ’s spouse, and dependent children that reasonably appear to be related to the investigator’s institutional responsibilities. This disclosure must occur:

  • no later than at the time of application for PHS-funded research;
  • within thirty (30) days of discovering or acquiring (through purchase, marriage, or inheritance) a SFI; and
  • at least annually, in accordance with the specific time period prescribed by the Institution, during the period of award.

Prior to initial award or renewal, the PI will be required to certify that financial disclosures, travel disclosures, and required training are current for all investigators participating in the project.

Travel Disclosure for PHS Funded Researchers Investigators of Public Health Services (PHS) funded grants are required to disclose each occurrence of any reimbursed or sponsored travel related to their institutional responsibilities. This disclosure does not apply to travel that is reimbursed or sponsored by sources excluded by Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations.  Excluded sources include federal, state, or local government agencies; and Institute of Higher Education as defined by 20 U.S.C. 1001(a); an academic teaching hospital; a medical center; or a research facility affiliated with an Institution of Higher Education. Travel associated with significant financial interests such as consulting, paid service on a Board of Directors or Advisory Committee, or other paid outside activities should generally be reported in conjunction with disclosure of the financial interest or paid outside activity.  The disclosure form for Travel Related to PHS Sponsored Research (doc) can be used to disclose each travel event.  Please remember that the PHS regulation has a $0 de minimis and the reporting requirement is for the previous 12 months.

Required Training for Investigators

Investigators must complete training on the PHS regulations. Required training is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and must be accessed by following the links and procedures available through the webpage.  Upon completion of the required training all investigators must submit the transcript from the CITI Program for completion of the Financial Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest for PHS Investigators course to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Office, MS PAC 525.  The transcripts may be emailed to the Office of Research Administration at

Core required education and training will be completed through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

UIS and UIUC have a collaborative agreement for all UIS investigators, students, and research staff conducting research to access the CITI training modules through the UIUC registration.

  • Register as a new user by scrolling down to “New Users” and click on Register Here.

Select the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and complete the registration as directed.


Additional Training

The National Institutes of Health has developed their own Financial Conflict of Interest training module.