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Applications for Funding from US Agencies


All researchers of the UMC-MAINZ are asked to inform the UMC-MAINZ Department of Research when applying for research funding as main- or subawardee from US funding bodies. There are strict rules in place regulating applying for third-party funding from US funding agencies. Please be sure to initiate contact with the Department of Research of the University Medical Center Mainz as early as possible to guarantee a smooth application process (


Important: The UMC-MAINZ is already registered with various platforms (, SAM, eRA Commons), to which registration is required in order to apply for funding from the NSF or the NIH. Some platforms (e.g. eRA Commons) require researchers to create a personal user account. This can only be carried out by the Department of Research.

Financial Conflicts of Interest


Grants from agencies funded through US taxes (e.g. NSF, NIH) are subject to special regulations. These agencies seek to ensure that project researchers and staff members do not influence project outcome for personal financial gain. For this reason, all institutions receiving funds from such agencies are required to comply with the following policies on financial conflicts of interest:


In brief, every researcher and staff member applying for or involved in PHS-funded research is subject to the PHS’s Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) regulation (42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F).  They are thereby required to disclose their financial interests related to the funded project as defined in the US Funding Regulations of the UMC-MAINZ.


In application of US Federal regulations, the UMC-MAINZ maintains compliant written and enforced Regulations on Projects from UMC-MAINZ receiving Research Funds from US Funding Agencies. The Financial Conflict of Interest Policy (FCOI) related to US funded research at the University Medical Center Mainz (UMC-MAINZ) (Pdf-file, 98,6 KB) was developed in accordance with these provisions.


The FCOI Policy of UMC-Mainz requires all project directors, researchers and staff members disclose any potential financial conflict of interests. Please be advised that only financial conflict of interests directly correlating to the content of the research project funded need to be disclosed.


Prior to the start of a project, and again annually for the duration of the project, all researchers and staff members are required to 1) confirm having read the UMC-Mainz FCOI Policy and, should it apply, 2) disclose any existing financial conflicts of interest by submitting the following form:


The completed and signed form should be sent by email to and by post to Universitätsmedizin Mainz, Ressort Forschung und Lehre, Abteilung Forschung, Obere Zahlbacher Str. 63, 55131 Mainz.


Additionally investigators in PHS-funded research are required to take a web-based tutorial on financial conflict of interest prior to beginning of and thereafter once a year for the duration of the project. An electronic copy of the “FCOI Online Tutorial” Certificate of Completion needs to be submitted to every year.


If a financial conflict is identified, proper measures will be taken to mitigate the conflict, as described in the US Funding Regulations of the UMC-MAINZ.


If UMC-Mainz is the Main Awardee in a PHS-funded research project, all sub-awardees will be required to comply with PHS regulations 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F and 45 CFR Part 94. Should a sub-awardee not have its own policy on financial conflict of interest in place that complies with PHS regulations, it may adopt the UMC-Mainz FCOI Policy in connection with project in question.


Please contact the Department of Research for additional assistance.

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