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This page is currently being updated to reflect procedural changes in the disclosure process. Please bear with us while we continue our improvements.

If you have any immediate questions or concerns regarding your Conflict of Interest in Research Disclosure or training, please contact Joy Edwards at (304) 293-5475 or

Federal regulations require the University to manage any potential conflicts of interest through an appropriate management process which is initiated and generally resolved through disclosure.

An investigator is anyone responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research, regardless of their title or role on the project or the receipt of funding (this definition includes adjunct faculty, students, volunteers, subcontractors, consultants, collaborators, research coordinators, research assistants, and other research staff).

For conflict of interest in research disclosure purposes, the PI is responsible for determining who they consider to be an “investigator” using the above definition. Please call our office for further guidance on the matter, but as a general rule, any person listed as a PI or a Co-I on a project or protocol, is considered an "investigator".

Conflict of Interest in Research Disclosure

Those considered to be WVU Investigators are required to file a disclosure at least annually, and on an ongoing basis within 30 days of discovery or acquisition of a new financial interest. Further, Investigators should review and make any necessary revisions to a disclosure:

  1. With each new, continuation, or revised grant or contract application submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs,
  2. With each new protocol involving animal or human subjects, and;
  3. When there is a new or previously unrecognized financial interest not previously reported.

Please access the WVU+kc portal to create or update your Conflict of Interest in Research Disclosure.