Ethics and Compliance

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas’ (CPRIT’s) institutional ethics and compliance program is established to ensure the integrity and transparency of CPRIT’s agency processes and is a critical component of the agency’s internal control processes and absolutely necessary as the agency is entrusted with taxpayer funds.

Ethics and compliance activities have been a function of CPRIT since inception. The Oversight Committee sets the culture of compliance along with the Board Governance and Ethics Subcommittee and requires the highest degree of ethical behavior and conduct that promotes and preserves public trust, proper stewardship, and confidence in the integrity of CPRIT.

Vince Burgess
Chief Compliance Officer

Grantee Training Webinars

CPRIT's administrative rule (§ 703.22) requires all CPRIT grantees to complete an annual compliance training by November 1st of each year. The Authorized Signing Official (ASO) and at least one other individual from each organization must attend the annual compliance training; however, we encourage all staff who use CPRIT's grants management system to participate in this training.

CPRIT staff participating in webinars will include representatives from the compliance department, program staff, operations staff, and the legal department.

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Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 102

Article III of Texas Constitution establishing CPRIT


Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Chapters 701 – 703

Code of Conduct and Ethics

CPRIT Code of Conduct

Grant Policy Guides


CPRIT has the statutory authority to solicit and accept gifts and grants from any source; however CPRIT may not supplement the salary of any employee with a gift or grant received by CPRIT. The process for acceptance of a gift by CPRIT is governed by Texas Administrative Code 25 § 702.7. Since June 14, 2013, CPRIT has received the following gifts or grants:

Donor Name Donation Amount Date of Donation
Madison Square Chapter No. 39 $100.00 Chief Executive Officer
April 11, 2019
Anonymous $17.50 Chief Executive Officer
June 19, 2018
Betty Blackstone $50.00 Chief Executive Officer
April 04, 2018
Anonymous $50.00 Chief Executive Officer
December 13, 2016
James C. Overcash $100.00 Chief Executive Officer
November 09, 2016
Anonymous $36.23 Chief Executive Officer
October 28, 2016
Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS $25.00 Chief Executive Officer
August 25, 2016
Telemundo Amarillo $697.00 Chief Executive Officer
October 06, 2015
Marie Mele $100.00 Chief Executive Officer
December 01, 2014
Marie Mele $100.00 Chief Executive Officer
November 05, 2014
Marie Mele $25.00 Chief Executive Officer
September 04, 2014
Texas Cancer Coalition Liquidating Trust $29,877.00 Oversight Committee
May 21, 2014

Pursuant to Texas Administrative Code § 701.9, CPRIT has established a system to receive confidential reports of suspected instances or events that failed to comply with CPRIT's applicable laws, rules and policies, including allegations of fraud, waste and abuse.

To report fraud, waste and/or abuse occurring at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), call Red Flag Reporting at 1-877-647-3335 and use Client Code: 5124633190 or go to Click here for more information about reporting suspected fraud, waste, or abuse.

Reports of suspected fraud, waste, or abuse relating to state funds associated with state agencies and institutions or higher education may be made to the Texas State Auditor's Office (SAO). To report an allegation of fraud, waste, or abuse, with the SAO visit the Texas State Auditor's Office website.