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NEW PHS (Public Health Services) Conflict of Interest (COI) FORMS (6/2019)

The PHS COI Form has been updated!  Please start to use this new form immediately!

Per Jenifer Ford, the COI Office has updated the language on the PHS (Public Health Services) form and PHS supplement form to clarify the obligation for investigators to disclose their interests with Foreign Entities (including a Foreign University or a Foreign Government). This update is due to the federal government's focus on foreign engagement. The revised COI language will also be in the future Kuali COI system as well . 

For PHS projects (such as NIH, AHRQ, and NIH flow-through), continue to submit the PHS form at time of proposal.  Make sure you use the form with the date of 6/2019 in the footer.   If necessary, the COI team will request the supplement at time of award directly to the investigator(s). Forms are submitted to

For your convenience, the forms have been attached to this email as well as here are the links from their website:

June 4, 2019 - New Benefit Rates in Sponsored Research Proposals

University of California San Diego

                                                   June 4, 2019


SUBJECT: New Benefit Rates in Sponsored Research Proposals

UC San Diego is taking all necessary steps to prepare for a UC-wide transition to a new rate structure for personnel benefits that locally will be effective for budgeting purposes starting July 1, 2019.   These new rates, Composite Benefit Rates (CBRs), are a part of UC Path, a unified UC-wide payroll system.  The CBRs cover the employer share of fringe benefits costs, and represent pooled rates set as a percentage of eligible salary.  While the distribution of university and contract and grant personnel benefit costs are changing, the transition to CBRs does not affect the mechanism by which individual employees pay for their benefits or the amount that individual employees pay. 

As communicated earlier this year, and as part of the 2019/20 campus budget development, departments have already incorporated the CBR rates in their planning budgets effective July 1, 2019.  Now is the time for
investigators to begin incorporating the new rates in all sponsored research proposal budgets.   

The link to planning CBRs and other information is provided at the end of this notice. 

The transition to budgeting, and subsequent charging, with CBRs will streamline?and standardize fringe benefits budgeting as well as eliminate the significant financial variability that now exists between budgeted rates and actual charges.  CBRs will also provide a simplified and predictable method for multi-year budgeting across all contract and grant budgets. 

Sponsored Research Proposal Budgets:
  • Starting July 1, 2019, all proposed budgets prepared for sponsored research opportunities must incorporate the planning CBRs for the assigned research personnel in applications with deadlines of July 1, 2019 or later. 
  • Future awards that are made against proposals submitted prior to June 30, 2019, or existing awards that do not allow adjustments in budgeting for the new CBR rates, may be impacted.  Grant holders who may experience material negative impact that cannot be mitigated should discuss potential one-time support with their academic leadership. Academic VCs will, in turn, contact the campus budget office if they cannot mitigate within their portfolio.
  • SIO has already implemented the use of the proposed CBR planning rates for their sponsored research applications. 
If you have any questions, please refer to or email

 Sandra A. Brown
 Vice Chancellor for Research

 Pierre Ouillet
Chief Financial Officer 

April 17, 2019 - NOT-OD-19-099: Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants & Cooperative Agreements FY 2019

January 25, 2019 - New Federal Requirements: Why you MUST disclose all foreign engagements and what this means for you

January 23, 2019 - New Validations for HSS Form When Completing an RPPR

January 22, 2019 - New 2-Step Submission Process for RPPRs with Inclusion Enrollment Data

January 14, 2019 - New Director of Graduate Student Financial Support

December 21, 2018 - Letter for New NIH Training Grants Application Requirement

November 27, 2018 - Notice of Fiscal Policies in Effect for FY 2019

November 27, 2018 - NRSA stipend levels for FY 2019

July 28, 2018 - IMPORTANT REMINDER - Monday, July 2, 2018 - FELLOWSHIPS entered in EPD

June 26, 2018 - ePD Record Submission Reminder Co-Investigators

June 20, 2018 - IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ: Fellowship Proposals in EPD

June 8, 2018 - HS SPPO & OCGA Announcements

2nd Annual OCGA Open House and Bootcamp Training

Enterprise Systems Renewal (ESR &) COI Module Update

April 4, 2018 - OCGA Announcements

March 9, 2018 - Increase in Executive Level II Salary Cap for FY 2018

November 13, 2017 - Changes to Research Indirect Cost Rates

February 2, 2017 - VA MOUs Reminder

September 20, 2016 - FW: OCGA Reminders about ePD "Approval in Progress" status and completion of Compliance Approvals: Impact on Awards

June 27, 2016 – June Newsletter

October 22, 2015 - October Newsletter

HS SPPO Has a New Website!

July 1, 2012 - Salary Limitation from Federal Awards

February 27, 2012 - Career Development (K) Award Applications requiring a PI Exception