Interim DOE COI Policy

The Department of Energy (DOE) has released an interim Conflicts of Interest (COI) policy that will be implemented on June 15, 2022.   The interim policy contains requirements similar to that required for PHS funded awards.  As of June 15, 2022, the new DOE COI requirements will impact investigator’s current DOE funded awards and pending/new DOE proposals and awards.

  • Investigators receiving DOE awards will be required to complete COI training prior to spending funds.  ORIA will contact investigators with current DOE funded research to complete the required training prior to the implementation date.
  • For new proposals to DOE, when completing the “Approve Proposal” activity prior to proposal submission, Investigators will be required to click on a link to access the Research Initiated Certification (RIC) associated with the proposal.  This will replace the current process of answering a yes/no question related to COI.  Below is the message Investigators will receive.  After clicking on the link, Investigators will be required to complete the RIC.
  • New DOE COI policy language may be included in DOE Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) and Terms and Conditions (T&C’s) of awards, to include increased COI requirements (e.g., increased reporting).  Please contact ORIA if you see new DOE COI language or increased COI requirements. 
  • All Terms and Conditions of DOE awards, including COI requirements, are required to flow down to sub-recipients.

For questions related to these new requirements, please reach out to the COI Team in Office of Research Integrity and Assurance via email at [email protected] or call (480) 965-6788.