The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued an Interim Conflict of Interest Policy for Financial Assistance (“DOE Interim COI Policy”). The DOE Interim COI Policy applies to all DOE-funded financial assistance awards (e.g., a grant, cooperative agreement, or technology investment agreement) issued on or after June 18, 2022 with the exception of those from the Office of Indian Energy and Phase I SBIR/STTR applications and financial assistance awards. As a recipient of DOE-funded financial assistance awards, the University of California and its investigators must comply with this new policy.

The DOE Interim COI Policy “largely align[s]” with the PHS COI Regulations. As such, the UC Policy on Disclosure of Financial Interests and Management of Conflicts of Interest, Public Health Service Research Awards (“UC PHS COI Policy”) has been expanded to also apply to all DOE financial assistance applications and awards that fall under the DOE Interim COI Policy. Therefore, UC locations and Investigators applying for or receiving new DOE funding after June 18, 2022 will follow the UC PHS COI Policy. This interim UC guidance is subject to modification pending the DOE’s release of its final policy.

Note that the DOE Interim COI Policy may have additional or slightly different requirements from the PHS COI Regulations. UC locations and Investigators need to be aware of these differing areas for full compliance with the DOE Interim COI Policy.

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