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What is FIDS?
The IRR rules and GIM 10 list many reporting requirements, both to the Awarding Component and to the public. What responsibility does an Investigator have to report a managed FCOI?

None.  The Institutional Review Required (IRR) regulation requires that the Institution report certain information regarding managed FCOIs to the IRR Awarding Component and the public.  The Office of Research and the Office of Sponsored Programs will make all necessary reports to the IRR Awarding Component.  The Office of Research will maintain a publicly accessible website, in accordance with the IRR regulation and GIM 10.

I am a member of the UW School of Medicine Faculty; however, all of my grants are managed at Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI). My FCOI plan is presently managed by Children’s. Would changes in the UW’s GIM 10 impact my current arrangement?

Investigators are subject to the FCOI policy of the institution that manages the research funding.  Therefore, if SCRI manages the research funding, Investigators should disclose their SFIs in accordance with the SCRI’s FCOI policy.  Investigators conducting research at the UW would disclose SFI in accordance with GIM 10.

Am I considered an “Investigator” if I am funded by a Public Health Service (PHS) but my PHS-sponsored award is not for a specific research project?

No; however, the PHS definition of “research” includes funding mechanisms to which the regulation applies such as a research grant, career development award, center grant, individual fellowship award, infrastructure award, Institutional training grant, program project, or research resources award. “Investigator” means any University personnel, regardless of title or position, including a University Research Employee who is responsible for the design, conduct or report of University Research.   If your PHS-sponsored award is not directly supporting a specific research project, then it is not subject to the University’s FCOI policy.  For example, if you are UW investigator receiving funds from the National Library of Medicine that is not identified with a specific research award, the recipient is not required to be an “investigator.”

What is the process for disclosure and review of Significant Financial Interests (SFI)?

The Investigator discloses SFI through FIDS and in accordance with GIM 10.  The Office of Research reviews the disclosed SFI and determines if an FCOI is present.  If a determination of FCOI is made, then a management plan will be produced and distributed to the Investigator, the Investigator’s Department and any other required parties.

The Financial Interest Disclosure System (FIDS) was released on August 16th, 2012 and replaced the paper-based system.

The Financial Interest Disclosure System (FIDS) is an online system that investigators use to disclose Significant Financial Interests (SFI) related to their research projects.

Access FIDS at http://www.washington.edu/research/tools/fids/

You will need to use FIDS to:

  • Disclose your SFI for each eGC1 for which you are an investigator.
  • Disclose changes you make to your SFI, including updating information, adding new SFI,  or deleting SFI.
  • Disclose your SFI for a CoMotion technology transfer or Human Subjects Division (HSD).

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Parts of the Page

To help you navigate through FIDS, the following image shows the ten basic parts of the pages.

example page with the parts numbered

  1. Welcome with your name displays in the upper left of the window.
  2. Sign out link, which will log you out of FIDS, is to the right of your name.
  3. Help link which will open a new window and display the FIDS User Guide and other support pages. It’s to the right of the sign out link.
  4. Breadcrumb trail which you can click to return to your Profile page. Displays on the left, below the green FIDS banner.
  5. Page title which indicates the purpose of the page. Displays below the breadcrumb trail.
  6. Action Bar which will contain icons appropriate to the page. The Delete (trashcan) and Save icons appear in this image and appear on the right side of the bar, just below the page title.
  7. Section heading with a help icon to provide contextual help for this part of the page.
  8. Main section of the page, indicated by the pale colored background, where you might view information, enter or edit data, or click a link to add information in a new window.
  9. Page footer which contains buttons and/or links to complete this page and move to the next, or cancel out of this page and return to a prior state or page. Displays below the main section.
  10. System footer which contains links to Learning and Contact Us information.

Tip: Do not use your browser’s back button to navigate. Instead use the links and breadcrumb trail within FIDS.