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FIDES Replaces Investigator Paper-Based Financial Interest & Responsibility Disclosure Process

February 1, 2012 :: Tamara Duffy, Administrative Information Technologies

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) in partnership with Information Systems and Computing is pleased to announce implementation of a new application to facilitate the disclosure of financial interests and relationships related to participation in specific research projects.

Disclosure is required by any Investigator (any individual having a role in the design, conduct, or reporting of a research project) who during the past 12 months through the next 12 months, has financial interests / relationships that may affect or be affected by the research. These include personal financial interests as well as those of a spouse, parent, child or entity controlled or directed by the Investigator or his/her spouse. To be reported also are any relationships of the investigator or family in or with any entity other than Penn whose interests may affect or be affected by the research.

The new system, FIDES (Financial Interest Disclosure Electronic System), replaces the previous paper-based disclosure process. As of Wednesday, February 1, 2012, paper disclosures will no longer be accepted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR). For additional information, please visit the OVPR website at or contact Tamara Duffy at

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