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 NUCOI recently presented at ACCR: Advisory Council for Clinical Research.  Topics covered included:

More information: View slides from the presentation, and review our guide to the COI tab in eIRB+

Archived Announcements

Listing of past announcements by date

The Conflict of Interest annual disclosure process for faculty and staff launched February 1 in eDisclosure. All eligible faculty and staff should have received an email with a personalized link to the eDisclosure system and instructions for completing the disclosure form. We participate in this process annually to understand what outside activities faculty and staff are engaged in that may relate to their Northwestern roles and responsibilities, and to demonstrate that business decisions are made with the highest ethical standards.


Key dates: The annual disclosure opened in eDisclosure on February 1. Disclosures must be submitted by March 1. Completion of manager reviews is requested by April 15. 

HR Administrators: Please make sure that the COI approvers listed in myHR are correct for staff in your unit. Staff members' disclosures are routed for review in eDisclosure based on who is listed as the person's COI approver in myHR. COI approvers are usually one's manager or the manager's designee. Please refer here for guidance in checking (and updating, if required) employees' COI approvers in myHR. 

Your cooperation is appreciated. If you have questions, please contact the Northwestern Conflict of Interest Office at or 847-467-4515.

The Policy on Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment was recently revised and approved. The substantive revisions include:

  • Requiring a disclosure upon hire as a part of onboarding;

  • Disclosure obligations for faculty and staff were aligned to simplify document and provide consistency. Definition of “financial interest” for faculty and staff was unified;

  • Reducing the threshold for required disclosures of equity interests in non-public entities from 5% to zero/any (already the disclosure threshold for faculty and staff subject to the Conflict of Interest in Research policy);

  • Expressly excluding publishing and textbook royalties from disclosure obligations; and

  • Clarifying language in the gifts section.


View the 6/16/16 IRB Brown Bag presentation: Impacts of expanded COI policy & new COI system on IRB-related submissions & processes


New Conflict of Interest Resource Available for Research Community! The Investigator One Page Guide  has been developed to aid researchers and research administrators in understanding the key aspects of the research-related COI process. Unlike the annual COI processes for faculty and staff that occur in February each year, the research-related process involves dynamic requirements that are ongoing between annual disclosure cycles. 

10/23/2014 Sunshine Act FAQs for Northwestern Faculty: How does the Physician Payment Sunshine Act impact Northwestern faculty?  Click here to learn more.

Announcement: NUCOI and OSR Brown Bag Session:  COI Dos and Don'ts: Avoid Having COI Issues Slip through the Cracks