NIH Disclosure Guidance

NIH Guidance on the Disclosure of Other Support, Foreign Relationships and Activities, and Conflict of Interest

NIH continues to release information describing actions that NIH, institutions, and researchers can take to protect U.S. biomedical intellectual innovation, including disclosure requirements related to foreign relationships and activities. Please consult the following table for examples of what to disclose to NIH:

Examples of What to Disclose to NIH about Senior/Key Personnel on Applications and Awards*

*See NOT-OD-19-114 for additional examples.

NIH has also updated the format and instructions for the Other Support and Biographical Sketch pages to facilitate full disclosure of existing requirements. Details on the format changes can be found on NIH’s Other Support and Biosketch webpages and in the March 2021 notice NOT-OD-21-073.

NIH has also provided the following advice regarding reporting relationships:

Important Applicant/Recipient Considerations*

NIH advises that applicants/recipients should consider and identify relationships, existing and potential, that may impact research integrity, present financial conflict of interests, and/or result in overlapping commitments. In evaluating these relationships, the following questions and factors should be considered:

  • Does the relationship affect the integrity of the research by impacting established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research?
    • The “relationship” could be with a collaborator, an outside employer, an external appointment relationship, etc.
    • The “impact” could be real or apparent
    • The “compensation” could be of any type or level; NIH has not established a de minimis level of compensation and considers all types of support, in-kind or otherwise.
  • Is there potential overlap in any of the following areas?
    • Scientific
    • Budgetary
    • Commitment
  • Is there a potential Financial Conflict of Interest?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then the relationship is generally reportable. When in doubt, ask early and often.


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