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COI Glossary
Design, Conduct, Reporting of Research Oversight, decision-making, or participation in research that includes creating the structure, roles, and/or protocol of a research project; participating in the execution of the research roles and protocol; participating in the publication, presentation, or discussion of the research results.
Direct Administration of Research Oversight or decision-making impacting research, such as selection of vendors, determining the allocation of funds, negotiating budgets, deliverables, or other terms with sponsors, protocol review and approval, or managing resulting intellectual property.
External Entity Any entity other than the university or its components.
Family
Project Personnel’s spouse, domestic partner, dependent children, and any persons residing in their household.
Financial Conflict of Interest (fCOI)
Exists when the university reasonably determines, pursuant to this policy, that an individual’s Significant Financial Interest is related to a University Research or Sponsored Program and could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of the research or sponsored programs. 
Project Personnel University personnel responsible for the design, conduct, reporting, or direct administration of University Research and Sponsored Programs.
Public Health Service (PHS) Agencies http://thefdp.org/default/fcoi-clearinghouse/fcoi-agencies/
Related
The Project Personnel’s SFI (and/or those of their family) reasonably appear to be related to the research or sponsored program.
Senior and Key Personnel
The Project Director/Principal Investigator and any other person identified as Senior or Key Personnel by the institution in a grant application, project report, or any other report submitted to the sponsor, as well as any person identified by the sponsor as specifically stated in award documents. Senior and Key Personnel further include those identified on Public Health Service (PHS) awards or cooperative agreements issued on or after August 24, 2012, when travel is paid or reimbursed.
Significant Financial Interest (SFI) Include the following:
  • With regard to a publicly traded external entity, an SFI exists if the sum of (a) the total value of any remuneration received by the Project Personnel and their family from the external entity in the twelve months preceding the disclosure and (b) the value of any equity interest in the external entity as of the date of disclosure exceeds $5,000. For purposes of this definition, remuneration includes salary and any payment for services not otherwise identified as salary (e.g., consulting fees, honoraria, paid authorship); and equity interest includes any stock, stock option, or other ownership interest, as determined through reference to public prices or other reasonable measures of fair market value.
  • With regard to any non-publicly traded external entity, an SFI exists if the value of any remuneration received by the Project Personnel and their family from the external entity in the twelve months preceding the disclosure, when aggregated, (a) exceeds $5,000, or (b) when the Project Personnel and/or their family holds any equity interest (e.g., stock, stock option, or other ownership interest) regardless of its value. 
  • Intellectual property rights and interests (e.g., patents, patent applications, copyrights) of the Project Personnel and/or their family, assigned to or to be assigned to a party other than the University, upon receipt of income related to such rights and interests. 
  • A management position in any entity, such as a director, officer, partner, president, vice-president, or trustee, held by the Project Personnel (and not their family) in any entity. 
  • As required by the federal regulations and only for Project Personnel on PHS funded awards or cooperative agreements issued on or after August 24, 2012, any travel that is reimbursed or paid on the Project Personnel’s (and not their family’s) behalf, related to the individual’s Lehigh responsibilities, and determined by Lehigh to constitute or contribute to an SFI. This excludes any travel that is reimbursed or sponsored by Lehigh University; a U.S. federal, state, or local government agency; a U.S. non-profit institution of higher education as defined at 20 U.S.C. 1001(a), an academic teaching hospital, a medical center, or a research institute that is affiliated with an institution of higher education in the U.S. 
  • Participation by the Project Personnel and/or their family in or support from a talent recruitment or development program based outside of the U.S.
Significant Financial Interests (SFI) do not include the following:
  • Salaries, royalties, or other remuneration paid by Lehigh to an individual, including intellectual property rights assigned to the institution and agreements to share in royalties related to such rights.
  • Income from investment vehicles, such as mutual funds and retirement accounts, as long as the individual does not directly control the investment decisions made in these vehicles.
  • Income from seminars, lectures, or teaching engagements sponsored by, or income from service on advisory committees or review panels for a U.S. federal, state, or local government agency; a non-profit U.S. institution of higher education as defined at 20 U.S.C. 1001(a); an academic teaching hospital, a medical center, or a research institute that is affiliated with a non-profit U.S. institution of higher education as defined at 20 U.S.C. 1001(a).
  • Any paid-for or reimbursed travel determined by Lehigh to not constitute an SFI.
  • Programs funded by a sponsor through a grant, contract, or agreement with the university, including but not limited to research, education, testing, outreach, etc.; and
  • Programs funded through Lehigh University’s internal grant programs administered through the office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, herein referred to as “VPR”.
University Research Any research activity supported by university funds regardless of source.