The National Institutes of Health (NIH), (under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) is the primary U.S. agency dealing with, and the largest source of funding for, medical research in the world. NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with specific research agendas and interests often focusing on particular diseases or body systems.
Researchers from Canadian universities are eligible for many NIH funding opportunities. Please consult OSR staff early for more information on submitting to the NIH.
The information below outlines McGill University’s requirements for all Investigators applying for, holding, or working on studies that must comply with the US Public Health Service Financial Conflict of Interest Regulations (PHS FCOI Regulations). The PHS FCOI Regulations establish Investigator reporting and training requirements and apply to all PHS funded research, including NIH funded research.
Before submission of a grant application, on annual grant renewal, and within an update on awarded grant, the McGill PI must ensure the following:
- Provide a List of Investigators. This list must include all McGill Investigators, as well as any Subrecipient Investigators involved with the study;
- Ensure that all McGill Investigators have signed and submitted a McGill Significant Financial Interest Disclosure form;
- Ensure that an authorized official of the Subrecipient has signed and submitted to McGill the Subrecipient Commitment Form for NIH. Please contact OSR to obtain the Subrecipient Commitment Form. Where a Subrecipient/External Investigator opts to follow McGill FCOI Policy, they must also submit a McGill Significant Financial Interest Disclosure form.
The McGill PI and all Investigators following McGill FCOI Policy have to complete the NIH FCOI tutorial. The NIH Financial Conflict of Interest tutorial was designed by the National Institutes of Health to provide education training on what constitutes a financial conflict of interest. It provides guidance on the proper policies and practices regarding these issues and is required for anyone involved with an NIH funded project. Please visit the NIH’s website to take the online tutorial.
Where Subrecipient/External Investigators who are following their institutions’ FCOI Policy are found to have a FCOI, the Subrecipient institution must report to McGill the FCOI before awarded funds are released, annually, and within 30 days of a new FCOI being identified. Please see McGill’s procedure on the US Public Health Service Financial Conflict of Interest Regulations here.