Office of Research

PHS Investigators Information

Who is considered a PHS Investigator?

PHS defines an investigator as any individual, regardless of title or position, who is responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research funded by the PHS or proposed for such funding.

Clemson University includes the following categories of individuals as investigators:

  • Faculty
  • Research Associates
  • Postdoctoral Fellows and Scholars
  • Any individual listed by name on a PHS proposal, grant or sub-award/contract

Consultants as listed on sponsored projects and defined by the Office of Sponsored Programs are not considered responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research, but instead undertake specific tasks that are reviewed by Clemson University investigators who are designated as responsible for design, conduct and reporting of research.

The agencies listed below follow the PHS regulations:

PHS Agencies:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Indian Health Service (IHS)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Other PHS Components:

  1. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH)
  2. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (APRS)
  3. Office of Global Affairs (OGA)

Non-PHS Agencies following the PHS Regulation:

  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR)
  • American Cancer Society (ACS)
  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • American Lung Association (ALA)
  • Arthritis Foundation (AF)
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure

What is a Significant Financial Interest (SFI)?

Significant financial interests include remuneration from and equity in publicly traded and non-publicly traded entities, as well as intellectual property rights and reimbursed or sponsored travel.  The following does not require disclosure: income from or equity in investment vehicles such as mutual funds and retirement accounts as long as none as you directly controls the investment decisions made in those vehicles; Intellectual property income paid by the CU Research Foundation (CURF).

What Significant Financial Interest’s (SFI) must be reported?

For PHS funding (or for non-PHS sponsors who have adopted PHS regulation), a SFI is a financial interest of the Investigator and of the Investigator's family which reasonably appears to be related to the Investigator's Clemson University Responsibilities. An SFI must be disclosed if:

  1. The value of remuneration received from a publicly traded entity in the twelve months preceding the disclosure and the value of any equity interest in the entity as of the date of disclosure, when aggregated, exceeds $5,000;
  2. The value of remuneration received from a non-publicly traded entity in the twelve months preceding the disclosure, when aggregated, exceeds $5,000, or when the Investigator and his/her Family holds any equity interest in a non-publicly traded entity;
  3. The values above should include any intellectual property rights and interests (e.g., patents, copyrights), held by the Investigator and his/her Family upon receipt of income related to those rights and interests;
  4. Any Travel reimbursed or sponsored (i.e., that which is paid on behalf of the Investigator and not reimbursed to the Investigator so that the exact monetary value may not be readily available), related to the Investigators University Responsibilities; except travel that is reimbursed or sponsored by a non-conflicting institution.
How are the PHS Requirements met?

 


Complete COI Training

CITI


Training must be completed before disclosure can be filled out.

COI Training must be renewed every four years.

 

 
Disclose Financial Interest

InfoEd  

 

Update Annually

 

 

Update within 30 days of NEW interest or Significant Change

 

The online system will notify you by email 30 days before your form expires.

 

Log-in to InfoEd, select External Interests, Update

 

Even if you have nothing to disclose a form must be completed.

 

Your previous disclosures will be copied and you will be asked to fill-in new interests and update previous disclosures.

 

 

Your annual expiration date will reset every time you update your form.

 


Disclose Travel Reimbursement or Sponsorship

InfoEd

 

Update within 30 days of travel


 

Log-in to InfoEd, select External Interests, Update

 

 

Your previous disclosures will be copied and you will be asked to update.   Please do not delete travel entries unless you did not take the trip.

 

 

Your annual expiration date will reset every time you update your form.