Conflict of Interest Scenarios
The potential for conflicts of interest may arise from the researcher’s:
- Specific actions (e.g., consultant arrangements), or
- Nature of positions they hold at the University and outside the University (e.g., board positions, paid or unpaid), or
- Financial interests they or their immediate family holds.
A conflict can result when:
- The significant financial interests of the researcher could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of his or her externally and applicable internally supported activities.
The researcher 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 researcher.
The researcher has a consulting arrangement with a business enterprise that either:
- Supports, or is supported by, University programs involving the researcher; or
- Is licensed to commercialize University technologies invented by the researcher
The researcher has significant financial interest (see definition) in a business enterprise that either:
- Supports, or is supported by, the researcher'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 Researcher's University research,
- Can reasonably be expected to compete with a drug, device, product or procedure that will predictably result from the researcher's University research.
The researcher holds a position as consultant, officer, director, trustee or owner of a non-University business enterprise that supports or is supported by the researcher's University research.