California Law

The Political Reform Act of the State of California of 1974 and UC implementing policies require that the principal investigator of a project to be funded by a non-governmental agency (generally a non-profit or a for-profit sponsor) must submit the original of the disclosure form "Statement of Economic Interests for Principal Investigators" (FPPC Form 700-U) - whether negative or positive - at the time of proposal submission.

For proposals that are submitted electronically, include a copy of Statement of Economic Interests for Principal Investigators FPPC Form 700-U, and send the original signed Form 700U (with the Proposal Number in the upper right corner adjacent to "ID") to the COI Division (Box 0294).

The disclosure on Form 700-U is required to be completed by all principal investigators at the time of proposal submission to a non-governmental agency in connection with research gifts, research projects, material transfer agreements, tissue transfer agreements, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards (or contracts), and so forth. Principal Investigators must disclose on behalf of themselves, their spouses, their registered domestic partners, and dependent children.

A positive disclosure signals the existence of a potential conflict of interest, a situation in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, an investigator's professional judgment in conducting or reporting research funded by the non-governmental agency.

Certain non-profit research sponsors are exempt from the FPPC Form 700-U requirements. The exempt sponsors are found on the "List of Non-Governmental Entities Exempt From Disclosure Requirement."

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