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New Conflict of Interest System to Launch on September 21, 2020

As announced in the July 2020 ORS Newsletter, the University of Hawaii’s (UH) Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) has developed a new Conflict of Interest (COI) system called rCOI (, which will be launched on September 21, 2020. This new system will streamline the COI reporting process for those involved in extramurally-funded research projects, seamlessly integrating with our contracts and grants software, myGRANT. Developed in-house, this new solution was designed to better meet the university’s needs, making the process more efficient for COI reporters, reviewers, and administrators.

The following are some of the improvements which will be implemented in rCOI:

  • Disclosures for reporters with Significant Financial Interests (SFI) will be automatically submitted to the COI administrator when new awards are received; and
  • For disclosures with SFI, after the first review cycle in the new system, reviewers (e.g., immediate supervisors, deans or directors) will only have to review dispositions for new awards, and prior recommendations for existing awards will be available for reference purposes

Transition Plan

Previously approved COI disclosures will migrate from the current electronic COI system into rCOI. After implementation, all COI disclosures required for extramural proposal submission will be entered into rCOI, which will be accessible through myGRANT similar to the current electronic COI system.

If you are involved in a proposal that is routing through myGRANT this week, please be aware of the following transition details:

  • The current electronic COI module will be locked down and no longer available for use starting 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020 in order to transition to rCOI.
  • If you have not updated your COI disclosure within the last 12 months, we strongly recommend that you submit an electronic disclosure for approval as soon as possible. COI disclosures which are not complete as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020 may have to be redone after rCOI goes live and:
    • Proposals will not be submitted to extramural sponsors unless all investigators and key persons listed on the proposal have up-to-date COI disclosures.
    • Awards will not be formally accepted from extramural sponsors unless all investigators and key persons have approved COI disclosures.
  • Submitted disclosures that involve an SFI and are pending reviewer approval as of 5:00 p.m. on September 18, 2020 will have to be redone after rCOI goes live. All other disclosures which are pending reviewer approval will be administratively approved to ensure their transition into rCOI.


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Should you have any questions, please contact the Research Integrity Office via the Office of Research Compliance at

What is the Office of Research Integrity?

The mission of the Office of Research Integrity is facilitate the responsible and ethical conduct of research at UH. Allegations of research misconduct are reported to the UH ORI who is responsible for ensuring the proper review and investigation of allegations. ORI also supports the review of conflict of interest (COI) issues related to extramural funding.

ORI Committees

The ORI provides administrative support to two committees: the UH Ethics Committee and the UH Conflict of Interest Committee. The UH Ethics Committee is charged with reviewing allegations of research misconduct and the Conflict of Interest Committee is charged with reviewing conflict of interest issues related to extramural funding.

Researcher Responsibilities

Report research misconduct: If you suspect research misconduct, as UH investigators, staff, and students you have a duty to report it immediately to the UH Research Integrity Officer at

ORI Program Information

The UH ORI has filed an assurance with the US HHS Office of Research Integrity.

Institutional Identifier:

  • UH Hilo – 0820003
  • UH Mānoa – 0820005

Expiration date: December 31, 2019.

What is Research Misconduct?

The United States government defines research misconduct as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, reviewing, or reporting research results. It does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

  • Fabrication: making up data or results and recording or reporting them
  • Falsification: manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record
  • Plagiarism: appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit

At UH, misconduct also includes: abuse of confidentiality, property violation, improprieties of authorship, misappropriation of funds, violation of generally accepted research practices, material failure to comply with federal, state, or university regulations, and deliberate misrepresentation of qualifications.