What is REPA?

Transparency is key to successfully addressing any conflicts of interest or conflicts of commitment that may arise out of relationships between University employees and business entities. The Report of External Professional Activities (REPA) is the electronic reporting form that captures key details regarding these relationships from covered individuals. This information is then used by the Conflict of Interest Program to evaluate whether the intersection of the relationship with a business entity and the individual's University responsibilities and expertise represents a conflict of interest.

Individuals that must file a REPA include faculty and staff, individuals with responsibility for the design, conduct, or reporting of University research; and other individuals authorized to act on behalf of the University to fulfill its research and discovery, teaching and learning, and outreach and public service mission.

University faculty and staff who are required to file a REPA must do so at least annually. The annual REPA filing period occurs in February of each calendar year when the covered individual has access to tax forms and other tax related information that may assist them in their filing.

When submitting a proposal for a sponsored project, Principal Investigators, Co-Investigators, and all key personnel must have a current REPA, submitted within the last 12 months, on file with the University. If the last REPA was filed over 12 months ago or if the most recently filed REPA does not reflect the appointee's current financial and business interests, a new form must be submitted.

When submitting an application to the HRPP, Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators must have a current REPA, submitted within the last 12 months, on file with the University. If the last REPA was filed over 12 months ago or if the most recently filed REPA does not reflect the appointee's current financial and business interests, a new REPA must be submitted.

To file an annual REPA please follow the instructions below.

  1. Access the REPA at https://eresearch.umn.edu/researchforms/repa.html
  2. Log in using your U of M Internet ID and password. If you do not know your U of M Internet ID and/or password please call the OIT Technical Helpline at 612-301-4357 (1-HELP).
  3. Complete each screen that the REPA form displays, clicking on the Next button at the bottom of each screen to continue before clicking Finish on the last page to submit your REPA.