Significant Financial Interests from Foreign Entities

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Office for Research Protections     |     Conflict of Interest 

The Conflict of Interest Program would like to remind researchers that it is a requirement under Policy RP06 to disclose any financial interests, such as income, honoraria, sponsored travel, or living allowances that exceed $5,000, from a foreign government or foreign institution of higher education. Like all Significant Financial Interests, the disclosure of foreign governments and universities must submitted in COINS within 30 days of acquiring or discovering the financial interest.

Penn State Policy RP06 seeks to "maintain the objectivity and integrity of Research at The Pennsylvania State University (the "University") and to ensure transparency in relationships with outside Entities and individuals as they relate to the academic and scholarly mission of the University."  This policy requires that "all Significant Financial Interests (SFI) be disclosed by all Investigators at least annually, and within thirty (30) days of the discovery or acquisition (e.g. through purchase, marriage, or inheritance) of a new SFI, to the Conflict of Interest Official who reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost" (Policy RP06).  

For questions, you may contact COI Program staff at For additional information regarding foreign affiliations, please see the Senior Vice President for Research’s webpage outlining the areas of concern and recommendations for research: