This webpage provides information related to conflicts of interest (COI) in research and sponsored projects. If you have additional questions about conflicts of interest, please contact the Office of Research at (757) 446-8404/7247 or at


New COI Regulations and Policy:

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has amended the Public Health Service (PHS) regulations related to the disclosure of investigator financial interests, review, management and reporting financial conflicts of interest associated with research projects funded by NIH and other Public Health Service (PHS) agencies. 
  • To comply with these new requirements and to promote objectivity in all types of research/sponsored projects, EVMS has adopted a new Policy on Conflicts of Interests (COI) in Research and Sponsored Projects
"Investigator" definition- Principal Investigator/project director, senior/key personnel and "any other individuals, regardless of title or position, who the PI deems to have authority or independent responsibility over the design, conduct or reporting of research/sponsored projects."