Conflict of Interest Scenarios


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The potential for conflicts of interest may arise from an Investigator’s:

• specific actions (e.g., consultant arrangements), or

• the nature of positions they hold at the University and outside the University (e.g., board positions, paid or unpaid), or

• the financial interests they or their immediate family holds.

A conflict can result when:

• the significant financial interests of an investigator could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of his or her externally and applicable internally supported activities.

General Scenarios

An Investigator has a significant non-University obligation to either:

• an individual or a private organization that provides support for a University research, educational or public service activity; or

• an organization (or individual) with which (whom) the University has an agreement to provide support for the conduct of a program project, activity or service supervised by the Investigator.

An Investigator has a consulting arrangement with a business enterprise that either:

• supports, or is supported by, University programs involving the Investigator; or

• is licensed to commercialize University technologies invented by the Investigator.

An Investigator has significant financial interest (see definition) in a business enterprise that either:

• supports, or is supported by, the Investigator's University research; or

• owns, or has applied for the patent, or manufacturing or marketing rights to a drug, device, product, or procedure that either:

- is a subject of, or will predictably result from, the Investigator's University research, or

- can reasonably be expected to compete with a drug, device, product or procedure that will predictably result from the Investigator's University research.

An Investigator holds a position as consultant, officer, director, trustee or owner of a non-University business enterprise that supports or is supported by the Investigator's University research.

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