Conflict of Interest in Research

This page covers the COI process and procedure for submission and review of COI disclosures.  Researchers must submit financial disclosure forms at the time of proposal submission for research funding, when research gift funding is received, and when an application for protocol is submitted for a clinical study. “Funding” includes money and/or materials.; “Conflicts” include intellectual property (“IP”), income, investments, service on a Scientific Advisory Board (or its equivalent), member of Board of Directors, employee of a company or entity, ownership of a company, and so forth. Conflicts must be reviewed and approved before funding can be accepted and the research can begin.

Proposals for Research Funding submitted through Contracts and Grants, Industry Contracts Division, or Business Research Units:

Submit your disclosure at least annually and within 30 days of new financial interests electronically at First time users must have their access initiated by COI staff.

Research Gifts:

The instructions for submission of paperwork for research gifts are located on the COI web page about Research Gifts, which web page links to the Gift Administration website for detailed instructions.

Review by COI Staff:

COI staff reviews all incoming disclosure forms for completeness.   If the disclosures are negative, then the COI staff will inform Contracts and Grants.   "Positive" disclosures may result in a request for additional information.

Review by COIAC:

The COIAC reviews certain conflicts or previously reviewed conflicts on an expedited basis, and authorizes the COI staff to release the funding in RAS or to notify CHR about the status of the conflict review.  For other disclosed conflicts, the COIAC reviews these at its monthly meeting. See the COIAC Meeting Schedule under the COIAC web page.

Updated 04-01-16